Deporting the Evidence: Migrant Workers in the South Expose How U.S. Immigration Enforcement against Human Rights Defenders Violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Immigration enforcement policies in the United States frequently result in racial discrimination and profiling of racial and ethnic minority populations in the country. This is particularly prominent in the implementation of Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (287(g)), which marks a significant extension of jurisdiction and shift from federal to state and local enforcement of civil immigration laws. Without adequate federal supervision, oversight, and funding, 287(g) has fostered racial discrimination and has enabled state and local officials to target African American, Latino, and other racial and ethnic minorities.
These and similar violations of the right to be free from discrimination are compounded by subsequent violations related to rights to speak and organize against unlawful discrimination and to demand and receive a remedy for ICCPR violations. The federal government regularly uses the immigration system to retaliate against immigrant workers and community leaders who speak out against unlawful discrimination (“deporting the evidence”).