Recently the handling of civil immigration detainers by local law departments has been heavily scrutinized.
AILA Doc No. 00092859 | Dated September 27, 2000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday,September 27, 2000
AILA Public Affairs Manager
WASHINGTON, D.C. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today strongly endorsed the Immigrant Fairness Restoration Act of 2000, introduced by Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Bob Graham (D-FL), and others.
Four years ago, Congress passed a harsh and overbroad immigration bill. Among its more draconian effects, this measure denies people their day in court, denies people a second chance, changes the rules in the middle of the game and tears families apart. The Kennedy/Graham bill would help remedy those un-American effects byrestoring limited discretion to immigration judges to evaluate cases on an individual basis and grant relief to deserving immigrants and their families, provide adequate judicial review of immigration orders and decisions, and ensure that detention does not violate basic human rights and needlessly separate American families.
“AILA is proud to endorse the Immigration Fairness Restoration Act. It would undo many of the overly harsh provisions of IIRAIRA and, once again, restore such key American principles of law, justice, fairness and family values to our immigration system. Senators Kennedy and Graham deserve credit for standing up for the rights of immigrants and their families,” said Jeanne A. Butterfield, Executive Director of AILA. “The Kennedy/Graham bill accomplishes much of what the recently passed House measure, H.R. 5062, leaves undone. Regrettably, H.R. 5062 would leave in place many of the most harmful aspects of the 1996 laws.”
The Kennedy/Graham bill would restore time-honored principles of American law to our nation’s immigration system:
“With Congress set to adjourn shortly, we urge the Senate and White House to act now and pass the Kennedy/Graham bill, thereby restoring balance and key American principles of law, justice, fairness and family values to our immigration system,” Butterfield said.
© 2000, American Immigration Lawyers Association
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 00092859.