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President Signs Anti-Terrorism Legislation

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.

 
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