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Lacey and Larkin Foundation, Fighting for Freedom

There has been an ongoing debate concerning undocumented immigrants’ rights in the United States. The Trump administration has been devout in their attempts to deter these undocumented immigrants from receiving rights like average American citizens receive.

The thing is, even if someone enters the United States illegally, they are still guaranteed certain inalienable rights under the Constitution.

Our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution in such a way that grants rights to all human beings, regardless of race, religion, creed, or citizenship status. To infringe upon these rights is a direct violation of the American Constitution and a blatant disregard for humanity. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

For those who have entered the United States illegally, there are certain sections of the Constitution which directly apply to them.

The strongest example can be read in the Fourteenth Amendment, which goes to state: “No state shall… deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

A person may be documented or undocumented, no matter what their status, they are guaranteed the protection of these rights. They may not be subjected to a trial without jury and they must be granted the right to defend themselves during said trial. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/michael-lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/

Infringing upon these basic rights by rounding up immigrants and sending them to mass detention centers until they are deported is not only criminal, it is unconstitutional.

When politicians are allowed to reign free with a heavy hand and disrespect the rights of an entire group of people, we start to witness the foundation of the justice system breaking down. Families are separated, homes are taken, and lives are destroyed.

There are amendments which protect people from unlawful search and seizure. It often happens that law enforcement will catch an undocumented worker and arrest him or her to be deported.

When this happens, it is important to remember that undocumented workers still have the right to defend themselves. They have the right to a proper hearing in front of an immigration judge in the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). It is unlawful for the United States government to send anyone out of the country without first giving them a proper review hearing.

When sitting for a hearing, it is vital for immigrants to remember they have the right to representation by an attorney. There are many low-cost organizations and charities dedicated to assisting immigrants by providing legal representation. It can mean the difference between deportation and freedom.

An effective organization fighting for immigrants’ rights is the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. They are dedicated to providing funding for other charitable organizations who provide healthcare, legal assistance, and human rights activism.

Yeonmi Park and Her Escape out of North Korea

There have been a lot of stories and testimonies written and reported about North Korean defectors who have successfully managed to escape the harsh condition in their country. Most notable of which is the story of Yeonmi Park and her escape out of North Korea.

Who is Yeonmi Park?

Yeonmi Park is a North Korean refugee who along with her family managed to escape their country. She was born in Hyesan, North Korea during the time when the Soviet Union was beginning to fall which greatly affected the living condition of the people in North Korea. She grew up in North Korea until she escaped the country at the age of 13.

Her Story

Yeonmi Park’s story how she crossed the North Korean border to China is featured on reason.com and on Reason TV. She revealed in the interview on Reason TV her horrible experiences especially when she and her mother reached China. In North Korea, Yeonmi said that their life in North Korea was very hard. They used to eat grass, and even dragonflies for their meals. A potato was the only dinner she and her family had.

However, she didn’t know that much worse than that would happen to her after reaching China.

Her nightmares in China

l The man who helped them escape attempted to rape her

l Yeonmi’s mother rescued her by offering herself to be raped by the man instead.

l Her mother was sold afterward as a slave-bride

l Yeonmi agreed to become a mistress in order to get her mother back

l They were later released but crossed the Gobi Desert before reaching Mongolia and afterward South Korea

These were the brief stories of the horrors and nightmares that Yeonmi experienced right after they crossed the border. When they reached South Korea, Yeonmi studied in Seoul. She was also reunited with her sister who was the first one to escape North Korea.

Conclusion

Most of their stories coincide with one another. Now, Yeonmi is actively raising awareness about life in North Korea, and wrote and relased a book on Amazon  entitled In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom.She also appeared on TV and attended several speaking engagement where he shared her stories.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/it-was-a-dark-depressing-moment-north-korean-defector-yeonmi-park-on-freedom/news-story/f2733ecb6b7d1593feec80110863dd93