Due Process: Detention & Deportation
While immigrants are inherently treated differently under our laws from United States citizens, The Leadership Conference strongly believes that immigrants are still entitled to fundamental fairness and common sense from the laws that govern their admission and removal. Particularly as a result of sweeping immigration reforms in 1996, however, immigrants are often subjected to arbitrary and even cruel laws and procedures.
As a result of the 1996 laws, refugees fleeing persecution are now much more likely to be sent back by low-level immigration officials. American families have been torn apart because legal immigrants who had minor brushes with the law years ago can be locked up and deported with no chance for bond, limited access to attorneys, and without any second chances.
- Senate Vote: Expanded Grounds for Deportation - Voting Record 2008
- "Gang Bill" to Expand Mandatory Deportation and Detention of Immigrants - Feature Story - 6/21/05
- Supreme Court Sets Back Immigrant and Human Rights, Rules that Congress May Order Detention of Noncitizens Without Bond - Civil Rights Monitor Winter 2004
- Dangerous Doctrine: The Attorney General's Unfounded Claim of Unlimited Authority to Arrest and Deport Aliens in Secret (pdf) - Report - Association of the Bar of the City of New York - 6/17/04
- Possible Changes in Policy Leave Uncertainty for Immigrants - Feature Story - 3/17/04
- The September 11 Detainees: A Review of the Treatment of Aliens Held on Immigration Charges in Connection With the Investigation of the September 11 Attacks - Report - Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General - 4/1/03
- Two Federal Appeals Courts Rule Against Mandatory Detention of Noncitizens - Feature Story - 12/20/01
- Supreme Court Hears Cases Involving Due Process Rights of Immigrants, Leadership Conference Weighs In With Litigation and Outreach Efforts - Feature Story - 5/15/01
- Supreme Court Narrows Rights of Aliens - Civil Rights Monitor Summer 1999
- Slamming the 'Golden Door': A Year of Expedited Removal - Report - Human Rights First - 4/1/98