SEATTLE (AP) — Human rights experts with the United Nations are calling on the U.S. to protect immigrant rights activists from deportation, saying they’re concerned about “an increasing pattern of intimidation and retaliation against people defending migrants’ rights.”
In a statement Wednesday , a Geneva-based group with the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said deportation proceedings against Seattle-area activist Maru Mora Villalpando appeared to be in retaliation for her political work.READ MORE: SoFi Stadium Looking To Fill More Than 3,000 Part-Time Positions With Job Fairs Being Held This Month
Villalpando has been in the U.S. since 1996. She says she has been ordered to appear in immigration court, even though she has never had any interaction with law enforcement that might trigger deportation proceedings.READ MORE: Feds: Mustafa Qadiri Of Irvine Used $5 Million In Fraudulent PPP Loans To Buy Ferrari, Bentley, And Lamborghini
A federal judge in New York also recently expressed “grave concerns” that activist Ravi Ragbir had been targeted for deportation because of his activism.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has denied any retaliation.MORE NEWS: 2 More Drivers Report Windows Being Shattered On SoCal Freeways
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