How can a human being be illegal?
On May 2017, La Clínica del Pueblo launched its “No Human Being is Illegal” campaign inspired by Elie Wiesel (writer, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor) who said: “You who are so-called illegal aliens must know that no human being is illegal. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?”
There is an increase in anti-immigration sentiment towards immigrants in the United States based on a history of exclusion and discrimination. In addition, language used to describe those with noncitizen status such as “illegal” has “criminalized” immigrants.
At La Clínica del Pueblo, we believe that Illegalization and criminalization of immigrant communities are detrimental to health. Healthcare is a human right; therefore everyone should be able to live a healthy and dignified life, regardless of citizenship status.
Today, we asked you to join us and embrace our campaign. It’s time to change the conversation. Let’s celebrate immigrants’ beauty, pride and resilience in the face of inequality and injustice.