New Bill Proposes to Lock Up Immigrants Forever

This law, introduced in MAY 2011 (!) has the doublespeak title “Keep our Communities Safe Act.”  It would allow the government to detain immigrants indefinitely while awaiting bond and/or deportation hearings.  Full details at the link below:

New Bill Proposes to Lock Up Immigrants Forever » Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Specifically, H.R. 1932 would do the following five things (this is from the American Immigrant Lawyers Association):

  •  Authorize DHS to indefinitely detain many immigrants who have been ordered removed but cannot be deported because no country will accept them.
  •  Authorize DHS to detain immigrants who arrive at our borders without the proper documents or who are otherwise inadmissible throughout their removal proceedings, no matter how long those proceedings might take. This includes asylum seekers and lawful permanent residents returning from trips abroad.
  •  Mandate DHS to detain many noncitizens throughout their removal proceedings, no matter how long those proceedings might take, without giving any opportunity for a judge to conduct a bond hearing. This includes asylees, refugees, and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who have criminal convictions and are fighting their deportation.
  •  Mandate DHS to detain people who were convicted of crimes years, even decades ago, and have been fully rehabilitated.
  •  Radically restructure the judicial review process to require all noncitizens challenging their detention under H.R. 1932—no matter where in the country they are being held—before the federal district court in Washington, DC.

This bill is currently being considered by the House Judiciary Committee–many bills never make it past that point.  Let’s hope this one doesn’t either.

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