As most people know by now, immigration and issues regarding it have been getting a lot of attention for the last few months. With the new presidential administration has come a renewed sense of fear and uncertainty for immigrants of all kinds.
Fortunately for everyone in the United States, every person in the nation has constitutional rights, even if they are not a legal resident or citizen. As immigration continues to be an important topic, it is very important that all people know their basic rights.
The 14th Amendment
The Constitution of the United States of America ensures certain, basic human rights to all people in the nation. When it comes to the subject of immigration and immigrants’ rights, one of the most important sections of the Constitution is the 14th Amendment.
According to the 14th Amendment, no state in the nation can “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 law.” This means that all people have a right to equal protection under the law and a right to due process.
· Equal protection
The central premise of equal protection is that no person can be treated differently by the U.S. government. This means that everyone, no matter their status, should be treated equally. This is one of the most important aspects of law in the United States and it absolutely applied to immigrants.
· Due process
According to clauses in both the 14th and the 5th Amendments of the Constitution, the government must go through the normal judicial process before it convicts a person of a crime or punishes them for a crime. When applied with equal protection, this means that everyone should be treated the same by the legal system.
Any legal issue that causes you to question your rights can be frightening. Fortunately there are people who specialize in providing help to people who need it. If you find yourself in a situation where you need or might need legal assistance for immigration issues, it is highly suggested that you obtain the services of a knowledgeable and experienced legal professional.