U.S. Immigration Policy and the Violation of Human Rights

U.S. Immigration Policy and the Violation of Human Rights

This article is focused on the entirety of the U.S. Immigration Policy, as well as its impactful violation of human rights. Every country has its own set of rules, regulations and policies that every tourist and foreigners need to respect, abide, and obey. 

In the terms of U.S Immigration Policy, the process of migration has been easy due to strict border restrictions. 

In addition, the United States of America’s Law and Judicial System may have attained a notable amount of accomplishments on some of the key issues that involve human rights, however, the reality continues that the country has yet to fulfill its promises to the vulnerable members of the society, such as the immigrants, racial and ethnic minorities. The human rights of these groups still continue to be violated. 

In this article, we will look into 4 personalities and see their point of view on the U.S Immigration Policy and how it is related to the violation of human rights. 

Michelle Brane

Michelle has been trained and educated as a lawyer, following her admission at the New York Bar, wherein she practices it as a profession in the United States of America, following her attainment of a BA from the University of Michigan, and a JD from Georgetown University. She devotes her lifetime in serving the world’s most vulnerable populations in various societies.

Brane has served for more than 25 years as the Director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program at the Women’s Refugee Commission wherein she advocates and campaigns for the critical needs of children, women and the other migrant populations in the United States. Highly renowned as one of USA’s prime experts in the field of reform and immigration detention, she has steadfastly testified before the Congress, appeared in a frequent manner in a variety of media outlets, conferences and international bodies. 

These purposeful thrusts are a part of her advocacies and campaigns as an empowered woman and lawyer with distinction, as she contributes for the benefit of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Geneva. 

According to Michelle Brane, the current situation of the presence of border stops have increased in the United States, which led to the step-up of restrictionist immigration policies. This resulted in the worsening situation of the refugees, mainly composed of women and children. 

Because of political instability, most of the refugees leave their home country in hopes of a better living condition. International Law has clarified that there will be acceptances of refugees. 

She argued firmly that the refusal of the United States for these refugees and for the vulnerable populations in the country should not be the case. It is best to promote mutual understanding, acceptance and fair treatment to these individuals, with the high regard of promoting peace and tolerance within the country and with other countries. 

Bryan Caplan


Bryan Caplan is a native of Northridge California, USA. By profession, he is an American behavioral economist, author and a professor of economics at George Mason University. In addition, he is also a research fellow at Mercatus Center, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, a former contributor of the blog named “Freakonomics” and owns the blog “EconLog.”

According to Caplan, his self-description of being the so-called “economic libertarian”, drives him with the motivation to emphasize his academic work in the fields of Behavioral Economics, Public Economics, and most importantly, on Public Choice Theory. 

In his argument during the debate that was hosted by the USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics and Policy, he pointed out that the restrictions of the U.S. Immigration are a direct violation of basic human rights. He believes that human rights should be given equally to all of humankind regardless of beliefs, race and origin. He believes that people and governing authorities who trample down upon the human rights of an individual is a criminal. 

Alongside it, he believes that the US Government creates a rare exception, exiling nationalities from third world countries. 

In the economist’s perspective, he also believes that whenever all individuals around the world can move from one border to another freely, global prosperity will increase, alongside with the global economy and production. 

Lastly, he suggests that if it is impossible to lighten up the heavy tolling impact of the US Immigration Policy on immigrants and refugees, it is much better as well for individuals to be imprisoned and exiled because of their violation for the freedom of association as a human right.  

Sara Ramey


Sara Ramey is the Executive Director of the Migrant Center for Human Rights since 2019. She obtained her JD from the Washington College of Law and American University. She has earned respectively her Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy, from the University of Puget and Sound. 

She advocates for equal access and treatment of human rights, as well as on the fair application and implication of the U.S. Immigration Policy. 

Her advocacies and campaigns represented the immigrants and the detained asylum seekers of Texas, since the year 2012. She also worked as a Staff Attorney on two non-profit organizations at the non-profit NGOs Pro BAR, also known as South Texas Pro Bono Representation Project, as well as with RAICES, or the Refugee Center for Education and Legal Services. 

On the photo that circulated online of a father and child who tried to cross the Rio Grande River and died is that it presents a depiction and symbol of the concurrent border crisis that is being implemented in the United States.

Her opinion is that the recent border crisis causes a devastating hindrance to the people of South America to cross the US border. She believes that it is about time to end such a crisis that South Americans and any individual concerned encounters in crossing the nation’s borders. 

The recent border control laws and restrictions should be repealed and provisions should be stipulated with the immigration policy of the country as a solution so that cases like these deaths will be avoided in the future. 

At present, the human rights center and commission wherein Ramey is connectedly working with has strongly requested for the repealing of the settlement agreements between the United States and the countries of South America and in that, she is hoping that a fair and just decision will be released in benefit to the two bordered countries. 

Denise Gilman


Denise Gilman is a clinical professor at the Immigration Clinic of the University of Texas Law School wherein she began working in the fall of 2007. She received her undergraduate degree of Political Science with honors, at Northwestern University, and in the long run, her law degree at Columbia University School of Law and in that specific university, she served as one of the professors for Law Review after her graduation. In addition, she also earned her LLM from Georgetown University Law Center. 

According to Gilman, she believes that unlawful immigration practice in the United States or in any country concerned is ineffective. She also suggests that its impact on terrorism is high. 

Unlawful immigration strongly forces illegal migrants to walk on deserts, succumb to dangerous areas and pass through horrendous paths and situations just to reach the United States.  This often results in death or the impeding of an individual’s liberty. 

In addition, migration laws should not create walls but should provide more opportunities for migrants. In conclusion to her own point of view, a review on the U.S. Immigration Policy should be considered for the benefit of the migrants and immigrants who cross and enter the borders of the country. 

In conclusion, a lot of works, debates and discussions have yet to be made, with regards to the repeal and amendment of the U.S. Immigration Policy on the premise that it should not oppress and transgress human rights. 

With the joint perspectives of the four personalities in this article, it is their urgent call that lawmakers and governing authorities of the United States should join forces in providing equal treatment of human rights to all individuals, living and entering the country, as well as the easing up of border control restrictions in all parts of the country. 


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