An Inhumane Immigration System

Photos by Patricia Williams

January 31, 2019: As headlines about immigration dominate the news, 60 Student Task Force leaders, teacher advisers and supporters gathered for the 2019 Winter Leadership Workshop to launch Human Rights on the Southern Border campaign.

Grace Meng, a senior researcher with HRW’s U.S. Program, shared the story of a young mother and her daughter who fled gang violence in Honduras and explained why the U.S. immigration system is inhumane and disrespects human rights.

Attendees also previewed a few samples of the STF traveling exhibit “Experience the Southern Border,” which aims to raise awareness about the geographic realities of the US-Mexico border, why people cross it–and expose the human rights violations on the southern border. After viewing the exhibit, the students brainstormed strategies for implementing it on their campuses.

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