January 11, 2019
“At Safe Horizon’s Immigration Law Project, one of the things that we do is to educate the public and the community about what human trafficking is. And one of the misconceptions is how they’re brought to the United States. They’re not actually brought illegally, most of them are brought through legal ports of entry with visas and legal documents. They are the young girl that is brought here by her boyfriend or romantic partner and then tricked into working in a brothel. It’s the nanny that comes here believing she’s going to work for a family and then is working here without pay and under sub-standard conditions. It’s the person that is coming here with a professional degree believing he’s going to work in a capacity of computer specialists and then is ending up cleaning hotel rooms for little pay.
We believe that a wall is not effective. What we need are common sense solutions that address an ineffective immigration system.
One of the things would be addressing some of the bureaucratic delays. We have almost several years wait for some immigration applications to be decided. We have documents that have grown from one page to 22 pages. The fees have gone up. So it’s making legal immigration much harder and it’s really deterring people from coming forward and applying legally.”