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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

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.

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