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July 11, 2007

Senate to Consider Habeas Corpus Amendment to Defense Authorization Bill

This week, as the Senate considers the FY 2008 Department of Defense Authorization bill (H.R. 1585), lawmakers may have an opportunity to restore a fundamental right to certain noncitizen detainees. Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) have offered an amendment (SA 2022, identical to the stand-alone S. 185) to the Defense Authorization legislation that would restore the right of habeas corpus to noncitizens detained by the U.S. in Guantanamo and those living within the U.S. who have been declared "unlawful enemy combatants." Detained enemy combatants lost the right to file habeas corpus petitions last September, when Congress passed the Military Commissions Act. To find out how you can help restore habeas corpus rights to noncitizen detainees, go to www.aila.org.

As the Senate considers H.R. 1585 throughout this week, it is possible that additional immigration-related amendments could be offered. Please stay tuned to for more information as it becomes available.

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 11, 2007 08:06 PM


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