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On October 7, twelve House members wrote to BOP with questions and concerns about the policies and practices at CMUs, and the circumstances under which they were established. We ask that you reemphasis the House's concern and support a Senate letter of inquiry to BOP demanding that it clarify:
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(January 1, 2013)
In the absence of comprehensive federal immigration reform, many states have adopted punitive enforcement of immigration laws that relies on racial and religious profiling.
Current federal immigration laws and practices have also led to racial profiling, indefinite detention, and mistaken deportation of immigrants and American citizens alike.
These laws may endanger public safety by redirecting the limited resources of our nation's immigration law enforcement agencies (LEAs) into programs that: 1) target immigrants without a criminal records, and, 2) inadequately train state and local LEAs required to enforce these laws.
Not only are these laws ineffective, they can lead to deep distrust between immigrant and resident communities and a lack of reporting to law enforcement agencies.
These programs are unaffordable in a time of financial crisis – Congress is expected to appropriate over $5 billion to DHS's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2013, including $2.8 billion for immigration detention and removal operations.
Support comprehensive immigration reform policies that establish a commonsense approach for LEAs, respect civil and human rights, and promote greater public safety. Enact reforms that:
Rescind the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel's 2002 "inherent authority" memo and issue a new memo clarifying that state and local LEAs may not enforce immigration laws.
Establish clear accountability and oversight systems that are transparent and responsive to civilian complaints, maintaining a zero tolerance policy that holds accountable all federal immigration LEAs who commit civil and human rights violations.
Direct immigration LEA resources on deporting "high priority" convicted drug traffickers, gang members and violent criminals, not "low priority" law-abiding immigrants seeking citizenship.
Develop comprehensive workplace immigration enforcement laws that can be implemented in a manner that improves rather than undermines the wages and working condition of U.S. and immigration workers while respecting the due process rights of workers.
Congress should oppose any legislation that unconstitutionally singles out American citizens for unwarranted scrutiny on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion. Specifically, members of Congress should:
Members should send or support a letter to the DOJ that requests the department to revise its 2003 policy guidance on racial profiling to:
Co-sponsor the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011. If signed into law, ERPA would require:
National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 Public Law No: 112-81
TITLE X--GENERAL PROVISIONS Subtitle D--Counterterrorism Sec. 1022. Military custody for foreign al-Qaeda terrorists. Subparagraph (b)(1)
Section 1022 of the NDAA authorizes the indefinite military detention of Americans. While under this section the requirement to detain a person in military custody does not apply to U.S. citizens, CAIR legal counsel believes that the authority or option to do so remains.
CAIR's government affairs department closely monitors policy issues and legislation that impacts the Muslim community. Highlighted are the primary policy issues and legislation CAIR is currently promoting nationwide as part of its national legislative and policy agenda.
You can also access CAIR's 2012 legislative fact sheets.
CAIR's government affairs department represents the interests of the American Muslim community before the U.S. Congress, the White House, and federal agencies. The department is responsible for actively monitoring legislation and government activities that affects Muslims and responding on behalf of the American Muslim community. To ensure that the Muslim community is being represented, we provide a Muslim perspective to policy makers and answer questions from government officials about issues related to Islam and Muslims. The department also promotes legislative action alerts, distributes legislative fact sheets, submits testimony to Congress and sponsors a number of activities designed to bring Muslim concerns to the government.
The department builds networks and coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding to support domestic policies that promote civil rights, diversity and freedom of religion and oppose policies that limit civil rights, permit racial, ethnic or religious profiling, infringe on due process, or that prevent Muslims and others from participating fully in American civic life.
The department also works to increase Muslim participation in the political arena, and works with CAIR chapters regularly sponsor voter registration and get out the vote drives, candidate forums, and campaign volunteer opportunities across the country.
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