Larkin & Lacey

The Trump administration’s policies might be irrational and disastrous towards immigrants, but they do cause real harm. Between the demands for a wall and the recent steps backwards in regard to Cuba, it doesn’t appear that things can be expected to change for anything but worse in the foreseeable future.

That makes protecting immigrant rights all the more important, especially when a corrupt ICE seems bent on behaving even more harshly than it already has been.

Public outcry and resistance are essential, but it’s important to remember that since Trump’s supporters tend to love these policies he’ll only try and implement even more. Thus, it becomes essential for human rights activists to resist these policies.

Trump’s latest policy on Cuba isn’t going to do anything positive, and while in general the administration’s policies in general are wildly ill-informed and belie a lack of critical thinking it still seems to be the product of spite. US – Cuba relations over the years have been quite tense, and if anything strong-arming Cuba is only going to further damage that country’s economy and cause more Cubans to flee to the United States in hopes of a better economic situation.

Needless to say, crossing a border is risky business even in the best of times but racist anti-immigrant rhetoric is only going to make life even worse for those trying to reach the country. Immigrants who are detained while trying to enter the country illegally tend to face inhumane treatment and there’s no sign that things are going to improve in this regard. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter

The United States is a nation of immigrants, and it’s vital to keep this in mind when addressing immigration policy. Quite simply the calls for immigration are borne out of racism and xenophobia, with little logical reasoning behind them. Supposedly immigrants take away jobs, but there’s little evidence to support that and it appears to be rightwing rhetoric more than anything else.

A hardline immigration policy isn’t going to do anyone any favours, and a wall isn’t going to stop immigrants from crossing the border. Instead, what will happen is fewer foreign students coming to the US and fewer foreign tourists will come to the country and spend their money because virulent xenophobia does tend to leave a bad impression.

Larkin and Lacey is the product of the settlement that Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey received when they wrongful were subpoenaed by the notoriously anti-immigrant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio back in 2007. The duo of journalists put their $3.75 million to good use by dedicating it to the fight for immigrant rights, which is an issue that takes even more precedence under a president who’s prone to racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric as well as dangerous policies such as a wall along the southern border.

Trump seems determined to break Obama’s record of overseeing more deportations than any other president in history, which means ramping up border patrol operations and having even more disregard for basic human rights of detainees. Learn more about Michael Lacey:

Even in light of the fact that the Obama administration deported more undocumented immigrants than anyone else, there were still a few positives like shielding immigrants who were not convicted felons from deportation – something that the Trump administration has overturned. These are dark times and so it’s more important than ever to have someone to stand up for the marginalised, which is exactly what Larkin and Lacey seek to do.