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Wrong Then, Wrong Now: Mindful of Internment, California Condemns Detention Under NDAA

(7) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 9:21 AM

In 1942, Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, an act that authorized the indefinite detention of "Americans of Japanese ancestry." As a result, over 110,000 Japanese Americans residing on the West Coast were forced from their homes and imprisoned without trial in overcrowded and unsanitary internment camps. Because of...

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Should the Government Be Punished When It Lies to the Courts?

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 3:06 PM

Should the government be allowed to lie to the courts in the name of national security? This is the question that judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will have to consider in the next few weeks.

On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU...

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Muslims Need Not Apply

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 5:44 PM

Tarek Hamdi has lived in the United States for decades. His wife was born here. He raised four daughters here. He works here. He pays taxes here.

But when Tarek decided to become a citizen like the rest of his family, the U.S. government blacklisted...

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How to Create an Immigration System That's Worthy of American Values

(17) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 12:09 PM

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled "Building an Immigration System Worthy of American Values," where I will testify. The hearing will address how our immigration system currently fails to live up to our Constitution because it does not ensure the due process...

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Four Years Frozen in ICE

(11) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 12:48 PM

Like thousands of other people in 2006, Jose Franco was detained by immigration authorities. Most detainees are either deported to their country of origin or released after winning their right to remain in the United States.

But this case took a different route. Mr....

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New Bill Proposes to Lock Up Immigrants Forever

(14) Comments | Posted May 24, 2011 | 11:26 AM

Reverend Raymond Soeoth is a Christian minister who fled Indonesia with his wife after suffering persecution for their faith. When his asylum application was denied in 2004, the U.S. government put Reverend Soeoth in immigration detention. Even though he posed no danger or flight risk and had never been convicted...

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