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Groups express their disappointment with the fact that an April 16, 2012 DHS memo on NSEERS retains the program's regulatory framework; fails to provide redress for all individuals who continue to face adverse immigration consequences as a result of the program; and lacks information regarding the status of databases created under the program.
A coalition of immigration, civil rights, civil liberties, faith-based, and community organizations requests the government decrease its reliance on costly and unnecessary immigration detention, decrease spending on detention beds, and recommend greater spending for alternatives to detention.
A coalition of groups write to thank Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for ending the ideological exclusion of two professors and to urge the State Department to expeditiously grant both scholars' pending visa applications so that they can attend the U.S. conferences, public events, and meetings to which they have been invited.
From 2001-2009, the Departments of State and Homeland Security revived the practice of “ideological exclusion,” refusing visas to foreign scholars, writers, artists, and activists not on the basis of their actions but on the basis of their ideas, political views, and associations. Over 70 groups call for the end of the practice, which has resulted in dozens of prominent intellectuals being barred from assuming teaching posts at U.S. universities, fulfilling speaking engagements with U.S. audiences, and attending academic conferences.
In the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the government instituted a number of immigration initiatives and reforms in the name of national security, many of which raise serious constitutional concerns and have targeted individuals who have never played a role in terrorist activities. In this report, The Constitution Project’s Liberty and Security Committee examines the government’s use of immigration law as a counterterrorism tool and recommends reforms in response to these concerns.