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Letter to U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Regarding Section 7082 of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (S.3676)
Coalition Letter to Secretary of State Clinton regarding Ideological Exclusion
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.
Constitution Project Proposes Much-Needed Reforms to Limit Immigration Detention and Improve Access to Counsel
Recommendations for Reforming our Immigration Detention System and Promoting Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings
This report from the Constitution Project's Liberty and Security Committee examines certain of the government's immigration policies and practices - in particular expedited removal, mandatory pre-removal detention, and post-removal detention - and suggests much-needed agency-level and congressional reforms. The report recommends reforming detention policies in order to make sure that they are streamlined, focused, and consistent with constitutional principles and international instruments signed by the United States, as well as improving access to counsel for all non-citizens in removal proceedings, especially those who are detained.
Letter to the Attorney General Regarding Ideological Exclusion in Visa Applications
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.
TCP Statement introducing “Liberty and Security: Recommendations for the Next Administration and Congress”
Statement introduces coalition's transition recommendations and calls on incoming Obama administration to develop national security policies that respect the rule of law and promote human rights.
Liberty and Security: Recommendations for the Next Administration and Congress
Collaborative effort of a coalition of more than 20 organizations and over 75 people in human rights and liberty and security communities. Twenty chapters of recommendations address a range of issues including privacy, secrecy and surveillance; detention, interrogation, and trials of so-called “enemy combatants,” and discrimination in immigration and charities policy. Note: Not all of the recommendations reflect TCP policy.
The Use and Abuse of Immigration Authority as a Counterterrorism Tool
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.
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