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Illegal Immigration Human Rights Violations Essay

5452 words - 22 pages

Keith Frey
27 November 2011
A!er dozens of anti-Semitic laws, deportations, and annexations, the Holocaust officially begins in
the year 1944. It is not until the extermination of over one million Jews and three years a!er the onset of
this genocide that the Nazis invade Elie Wiesel's hometown in Sighet, Transylvania, which was annexed by
Hungary in 1940 (Fine 13). #e Nazis invade Sighet at night and strip its inhabitants of their property and
force them into two ghe$os. In short order, Nazis command Elie and his father to be deported to Auschwitz
and send his mother and sisters to a female concentration camp (Wiesel 1). "Eight words spoken quietly,
indifferently, without emotion. Eight short, simple words. Yet that was the moment when I parted from my
mother" (qtd. in Wiesel 3). #is split from his mother severely disillusions him at the tender age of 15. Elie
witnesses hundreds of thousands of women, children, babies, and men be burned in the crematorium or be
gassed in the gas chambers. Machine gunners use babies as targets and it takes three days for a young girl to
die (Wiesel). His morbid experiences in the concentration camps sha$er his dreams and make him lose faith
in humanity, God, and in the importance of life, "Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my
God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned
to live as long as God Himself. Never" (qtd. in Wiesel 3).
It is important to realize that genocides are just one example of many human rights violations that
have occurred and are occurring in history. Some other forms of violations include human trafficking,
forced child labor, and oppressive governments. #ese violations are inherently unjust and infringe upon
the human rights of the men, women, and children that are affected by them. According to Oxford English
Dictionary, in!inge is de&ned as, "Actively break the terms of a (law, agreement, etc.) or act so as to limit or
undermine (something)." A human right is de&ned as "a right that is believed to belong justi&ably to every
person." Any practice that infringes upon anyone's human rights or common rights is unjust and ought to be
Illegal immigrants are one group of people whose human rights may be violated. An illegal immigrant,
Frey, Keith_2012 Monday, December 19, 2011 12:51:24 PM CT 70:cd:60:86:2f:be

is a "non citizen who resides in a country without a valid visa." #e visa can be either expired or they could
have crossed the border without obtaining one by way of trafficking or some other method (qtd. in
Chapman 272). Detention centers are one place where there is controversy about whether the human
rights of detainees are violated. #ey hold illegal immigrants that have been caught crossing the border,
those seeking asylum (the protection granted by a nation to someone who has le! their native country as a
political refugee); anyone found to be in...

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