- Open Borders advocate
- Founder of the National Network for Immigration and Refugee Rights
- Executive Committee member of Migrant Rights International
Catherine Tactaquin is the founder and director of The National Network for Immigration and Refugee Rights (NNIRR), which favors expanded rights for illegal aliens. The NNIRR opposes those provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 that imposed sanctions against employers who hire illegal immigrants, and allocated more funds for border enforcement. In recent years, the NNIRR has been particularly vocal in denouncing America’s role in the 1991 Gulf War, the War on Terror, and the 2003 War in Iraq. Failing to condemn the acts that triggered such military responses by the U.S. (i.e. Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, and the 9/11 attacks, respectively), the NNIRR instead impugns the United States for allegedly assigning “indiscriminate blame” to immigrants as part of its national security efforts.
Tactaquin is also on the executive committee of Migrant Rights International (MRI), which was instrumental in launching the global campaign for the 2003 ratification of the United Nations International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. This Convention is ostensibly intended to protect the human rights of migrants around the world. But in practice, its efforts are geared toward circumventing immigration laws and thereby compromising the security of the U.S. and other nations. One MRI press release states, “The entry into force of the Convention comes at a time when international human rights protection for non-nationals in host countries is urgently needed. Particularly in the backlash of September 11th, the implementation of national security measures undertaken by States to fight terrorism are likewise posing a threat to the rights of immigrants, refugees, and communities of color.” According to Tactaquin, the Convention “reiterates fundamental respect and protection of human rights, which is imperative in any State effort towards strengthening real human security.”