Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 01102931 (posted Oct. 29, 2001)"
On Friday, October 26, President Bush signed the USA PATRIOT
Act into law. Due to the hard work of our Congressional allies, the law is less
restrictive than the proposal the Administration had presented to Congress. Notwithstanding
these efforts, the measure that the President will sign into law includes
several troubling provisions. The law contains provisions that expand the
definition of terrorism for the purposes of inadmissibility and removal,
provides for mandatory detention of aliens who the Attorney General suspects
have engaged in terrorist activity, and limits judicial review. However, the law
also includes some provisions which AILA helped to develop that will preserve
immigration benefits for the families of victims of the terrorist attacks and
others impacted by the attack.