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"LA 8" Deportation Case Terminated

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    Immigration Court Terminates L.A. 8 Case; ADC Calls on Government to Drop 20-Year Old Case American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee www.adc.org
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 13, 2007
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      Immigration Court Terminates "L.A. 8" Case;
      ADC Calls on Government to Drop 20-Year Old Case
      American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
      www.adc.org


      Washington, D.C. - Today, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination
      Committee (ADC) called on the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the
      US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to drop the 20-year old "L.A.
      8" case following yet another defeat on the part of the Government in
      court. This comes as a result of a ruling made public on January 30,
      by Judge Einhorn, of the Los Angeles Immigration Court, executing an
      order to terminate the deportation proceedings against Khader Hamide
      and Michel Shehadeh. ADC is requesting that the DOJ and DHS no longer
      pursue this 20-year attempt that has repeatedly proven a failure when
      challenged in court.

      Hamide and Shehadeh are two of a total of eight people arrested in
      January 1987, by immigration officials on charges of being affiliated
      with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). At the
      time, the government charged that any association with the PFLP was
      grounds for deportation under the McCarran-Walter Act, legislation
      written during the McCarthy era that allowed deportation for
      association with any organization that "advocated the doctrines of
      world Communism." Specifically, the government alleged that Hamide and
      Shehadeh had given talks and handed out magazines in support of the
      creation of a Palestinian state. In 1989, a Federal Judge declared the
      charges under the McCarran-Walter Act unconstitutional; the Government
      chose to pursue deportation by other means, some which were
      retroactive applications of new laws, which throughout the years were
      successfully challenged in many different courts.

      So, then the Government alleged that Hamide and Shehadeh had provided
      material support to a terrorist organization. The substance of these
      charges was that the two men had made donations in the 1980s as
      students to social services centers (such as hospitals and day care
      centers) associated with the PFLP. After bringing the
      constitutionality of the charges to the Supreme Court of the United
      States in 1999, the Court ruled that the cases could indeed be tried
      under these charges. The Government would later bring similar charges
      against the two men under provisions of the USA Patriot Act of 2001,
      for the material support of a terrorist organization.

      Now Judge Einhorn has terminated the proceedings against the two men,
      finding that the Government was in violation of the men's
      constitutional, statutory, and regulatory rights. As the court stated
      in its eleven-page opinion: "The Court finds that the Government has
      failed to carry its burden of proving respondents deportable based on
      clear, unequivocal, and convincing evidence. Therefore, the
      proceedings against Hamide and Shehadeh are TERMINATED [sic]." ADC is
      requesting that the US Department of Justice and the US Department of
      Homeland Security no longer pursue this 20-year attempt that has
      repeatedly proven a failure when challenged in court.

      To read the court's opinion in its entirety, click here:
      http://www.adc.org/PDF/LA8.pdf

      For more information about the L.A. 8, please follow these links:

      ADC Renews Calls to Drop L.A. 8 Case: http://www.adc.org/index.php?id=2101

      ADC Urges Government to Drop L.A. 8 Case:
      http://www.adc.org/index.php?id=1847

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