Fwd: Sign-on letter: Urge DHS to review deportation as harsh & disproportionate "mandatory minimum"
- Greetings all,
As many of you heard Atty general Eric holder spoke out against mandatory minimums on the federal level, particularly for drug cases.
"Our current immigration deportation laws similarly impose mandatory minimum sentences for thousands of immigrants convicted of "aggravated felonies" -- a category so broad as to encompass crimes that are neither aggravated nor felonies. These mandatory minimum sentences under immigration law, however, do not result in jail sentences, but rather permanent exile from the U.S., for even long term lawful permanent residents and refugees, without any consideration of the individual circumstances of their cases."
Please sign on to this letter by our allies SEARAC and IJN
Sign-ons are due Tuesday, August 27, 5:00pm PDT
في أمان اللهFahd AhmedLegal and Policy DirectorFrom: "Angie Junck" <ajunck@...>
Subject: Sign-on letter: Urge DHS to review deportation as harsh & disproportionate "mandatory minimum"
Please consider signing on to this letter co-authored by the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, calling on the Department of Homeland Security to review its policies on mandatory detention and deportation for immigrants with criminal convictions. Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced a package of criminal justice reforms that would correct unfair sentencing disparities, decrease rates of incarceration by focusing on alternative approaches and diversion programs, and de-escalate the “war on drugs” that created the highest rate of incarceration in U.S. history, in part by challenging laws on mandatory minimums. We urge DHS, especially during this transition to new leadership, to do a similar review of its detention and deportation policies, considering the harsh and disproportionate impact of mandatory detention and deportation on immigrants. We hope to collect signatures from immigrant and refugee rights, criminal justice, racial justice, and other allies from across the country.
Please read the attached letter, and sign your organization on here:
Sign-ons are due Tuesday, August 27, 5:00pm PDT. Please contact Mari Quenemoen at mari@...<mailto:mari@...> or Angie Junck at ajunck@...<mailto:ajunck@...> with questions.
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
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