According to the El Nuevo Diario newspaper an immigration bill similar to Arizona’s 1070 is being reviewed for final approval by the National Assembly in Managua, Nicaragua. The proposed law has sparked controversy and is seen by many as “drastic.” The article from El Nuevo Diario, claims the new immigration law would be dehumanizing leading to the opposition’s argument that illegal migrants would be treated “unjustly” in the poor Central American country.
If the Nicaragua Immigration Law was approved in its current form, Articles 153 to 158 would require every hotel, inn and motel, as well as all modes of public transportation operators would be required to ask for identification from those who request service or they could face prosecution and/or pay a fine.
The coordinator of the Nicaraguan Network of the Migration Civil Society, Heydi Gonzalez pointed out that a person cannot be criminalized for being a migrant without legal documentation. She went on to say that a fine being levied on those without identification is a violation of human rights.
The new Nicaragua immigration law has been approved and will now undergo a study of its details and make sure the portion of the law that imposes fines and possible criminal proceedings against those who provide the service to a migrant without legal papers will not cause undue stress upon the countries legal system.
Included in the law is article 153 which “prohibits the hiring of undocumented workers, or those who, though in legal status, are not authorized to perform work activities.”
Gonzalez explained that “every State has its regulations, and that similar or more stringent criteria of control than those mentioned in the recently approved law exist in the entire Central American region; nevertheless, in Nicaragua, sanctions or fines ought to be imposed only on those who house, transport or hire undocumented aliens when this takes place within the violation of migrant or people trafficking.”
The Migrants Network said the new law “would be a dehumanizing law. Let us imagine that a South American, Asian or African victim of people traffickers was abandoned out in the elements, but no one can provide him humanitarian assistance because it’s prohibited by the law. That’s the risk incurred in this type of regulation. It’s obvious that every country has the right to regulate migratory traffic and to establish requirements, but strict migratory policies and expensive procedures compel people to travel without documentation.”
The Nicaragua Immigration and Alien Law has been pending since 2007 however, recently civil organizations have pressed for its approval. When news came of its approval in principle, the provisions began to be studied and requested the inclusion of human rights elements in the law.
“There are elements that we do not see in this proposal, and I’m unable to perceive that they are meeting the obligation of incorporating human rights elements acknowledged by Nicaragua in international forums in the International Convention for the Protection of Human Rights of All Migrant Workers and their Families, or the Convention 90, ratified by our country in 2005, from which, among other issues, it must present a report of improvements every two years. Something that our government has not done,” Gonzalez finished.
Meanwhile in Arizona residents face many negative problems related to illegal immigration and the state currently faces the wrath of the Obama administration because residents simply want laws in place to be enforced.
With the apparent acquisition of 80 miles inside Arizona’s borders by Mexico one would assume the Obama administration would be much more interested in securing America’s borders than the rights of people who break into the country without regard to U.S. laws.
If the White House was to read the 14th amendment they would find that non-citizens “illegal residents” do not have “due process and equal protection” under the 14th amendment.
Yet the people of Mexico and Central America appear to lay claim to United States residency without regard to law. La Raza and amnesty sympathizers do not appreciate that all countries have a right to determine immigration policies within its borders.
A Wall Street Journal story discusses this very issue. The Japanese government has decided to allow more “middle-class” Chinese to visit where previously they issued visas to only the wealthy Chinese travelers.
The battle for the hearts and minds in American should be at the forefront of Washington D.C. elected officials. When the country is engaged in two wars, one of which is an admitted leading manufacturer of heroin (Afghanistan), the Obama administration should be monitoring the war in Mexico that continues to abide by the rule of the drug cartels, threatens U.S. law enforcement who tries to enforce law inside the U.S. and continues with its practice of eliminating their opponents (elected officials and candidates running for office).
While America has a potential third war in its sights, the President Obama decides to brandish the state of Arizona rather than upholding his sworn duty to protect America from all enemies.