AILA Doc No. 04102010 | Dated October 20, 2004
October 20, 2004
Dear Member of Congress:
As the House and Senate work to reconcile their respective "9-11 Commission recommendations" bills in conference, we ask that you reject the anti-refugee provisions of the House-passed H.R. 10.
We are particularly concerned that some of these provisions will put the lives and safety of victims of torture at risk. The bill will allow non-citizens, including those who are likely to face torture, to be deported without a court hearing; will make it much more difficult for genuine refugees to prove their asylum cases; and will deprive victims of torture and other persecution of meaningful judicial review.
Included by House leadership over the objections of the 9-11 Commission and 9-11 victims' family members, these measures do nothing to assist in the war on terror. Instead, they place broad new restrictions on refugees seeking asylum, subjecting them to fast-track deportations and denying them protection from persecution and the fundamental right of judicial review.
Specifically, we the undersigned, oppose the following provisions of H.R. 10:
Please see the enclosed document for a detailed legal analysis of these objectionable H.R. 10 provisions. Thank you for your consideration.
Organizations:American Civil Liberties Union
Individual Experts*:Philip G. Schrag, Professor of Law, Georgetown University
*Institutional affiliations are for individual signatories and for identification purposes only.
Cite as AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 04102010.