- Posted June 7, 2012 by
Pago Pago, American Samoa
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Immigration passage in reduction of Statelessness in the United States.
First hand experience from the stateless person of the United States who became the victim of broken immigration policy of the US. A man without country.
Statelessness should be avoided by appealing US government to grant stateless individuals rights and lawful residency. US Government should prevent new cases of statelessness from arising by passing true and valuable comprehensive immigration reform by adding stateless persons to the provision of new immigration law taking into account their long-term residency in this country. Prevention of statelessness leads to a reduction of statelessness.
We have to approach with human compassion to solve problem of stateless people in this country who at not their fault became the victim of immigration policy of the host country. US as a state party of 1967 UN Protocol related to the Status of Refugees should guarantee the rights of stateless persons and other vulnerable persons and to respond to crises of statelessness in our country urgently. Statelessness is another step towards becoming a refugee.
Statelessness itself is violation of the universal human right to nationality. Statelessness is a matter of grave concern. Nationality provides people with a sense of identity, enables people to exercise fully a wide range of rights.
Stateless individuals should be treated with efficiency and compassion as they are the most vulnerable in the world, with no country to go, no country to claim, and basically homeless and invesible.
US does not provide safeguards in its nationality legislation in order to avoid statelessness. We must to do anything we can in our power (and, YES, we can) to emphasize the importance of the universal instruments for the protection of people who by not their fault found themselves stateless in the host country with long-term residency and who contributed to the economy of this country as any regular citizen.
Hillary Clinton once mentioned that "with the right support, refugeess can strengthen the communities and societies they join. That improves stability and security - which benefits all of us. That's why protecting and assisting refugees, internally displaced and stateless persons, and other vulnerable populations, is among my government's highest humanitarian priorities". But we have to do more to protect and reduce statelessness in our country, we must act but not just publish one article after another, one statement after another, and give speech without further implemented actions in this most devasted problem on the planet.
As a stateless person myself, I have fully assimilated into American culture and it is heart breaking situation to be torn apart from life, culture, carrier, and friendship you have carved for the past 16 years living in the United States, the only home and country I know as any other stateless persons on another side of the planet. It is not human at all, it is against humanity and values, we, as a democratic society stand for.
United States is a mixed bowl of salad with diversity that is supported and imported that strengthen our country economy. To deny the rights of existence of one human being is an outrageous injustice on global scale. I, as a stateless person, am going through the full gravity of not being accepted anywhere.
As Eric P. Schwarts from Bureau of Population, Refugee and Migration once stated that "We must engage on this issue for the same reason we are involved in the full spectrum of humanitarian response: first, there is the moral imperative to alleviate human suffering..."
I hope that US Government will either join 1954 UN Convention Related to the Status of Stateless Person and 1961 UN Convention Related on Reduction of Statelessness or implement new regulation in our country immigration law in protection of stateless persons and reduction of statelessness.