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July 25, 2007

IPC Policy Spotlight -- Deportation Policy: Report from Human Rights Watch and Hearing at Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

According to a recent Human Rights Watch report, the mandatory deportation of legal immigrants convicted of a crime, even a minor crime, has separated an estimated 1.6 million children and adults from their non-citizen family members.

In a related event, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will hear the case of two men, Wayne Smith and Hugo Armendáriz, both of whom were respected members of their communities; have families that depended upon them; had been granted legal permanent residency when they were children; and had U.S. citizen children they were forced to leave behind when they were deported. But under changes made to the INA in 1996, they were denied the ability to raise in court any of these mitigating considerations against their deportation. As a result, they were deported for relatively minor drug crimes. This link will take you to the full text of the merits brief at www.ailf.org.

For more information, contact Tim Vettel at the American Immigration Law Foundation: tvettel@ailf.org or 202-742-5608.

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 25, 2007 09:34 AM

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