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Help Document the Effects of Expedited Removal!

Friday, March 17, 2000

  • By: LCHR
  • Organization: LCHR

The Lawyers Committee for Human Rights needs your help in documenting examples of refugees who have been adversely affected by expedited removal, detention and the one-year filing deadline on asylum claims.

Find out the the important role you can play in this effort.

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As you know, in 1996, Congress made a number of changes in immigration law that jeopardize the safety of those who flee persecution and oppression in their homelands and come to the United States seeking asylum.

Among these provisions are expedited removal, detention and the one-year filing deadline. Many of your pro bono clients have no doubt been affected by provisions of this law.

Over the past four years, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights has led a broad-based effort to restore basic refugee protections to the law.

We need your help in documenting examples of refugees who have been
adversely affected by the 1996 law. Please contact us if your client has
been adversely affected by these provisions, or if your client knows of
other refugees who have been

(i) turned away from our airports or border under expedited removal,
(ii) treated improperly at the airport during the expedited removal process, or
(iii) denied asylum based on the one-year filing deadline. We appreciate your taking the time to discuss this with your clients. Any such information should be forwarded to Anwen Hughes, NAPIL Equal Justice Fellow, at 212-845-5244 or hughesa@lchr.org.

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