Fairness, Equality, and Due Process in Adjudication and Enforcement
• Eliminate 287(g), Secure Communities, and Other Programs that Entangle Local Law Enforcement in Federal Immigration Enforcement: Eliminate programs that authorize local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws, such as 287(g) and Secure Communities, and that render immigrants more vulnerable to increased racial profiling and to live in fear of law enforcement. Stop issuing ICE detainer requests to local law enforcement because it drains local resources, undercuts due process, and undermines community policing strategies. These misplaced programs subject immigrants to unfair and unequal treatment, undermine public safety, and divert precious public resources.
• Ensure Judicial Discretion, Fairness, and Due Process in Immigration Hearings and the Detention System: Ensure that immigrants and refugees are guaranteed fair court proceedings and meaningful review of their individual cases by amending the 1996 laws to repeal mandatory detention laws and reinstate judicial discretion and due process. Congress also should expand alternatives to detention and institute enforceable standards in the detention system, such as interpretation and translation assistance and access to medical care, mental health services, legal counsel and family members.
• Prohibit Racial & Religious Profiling and Overreaching National Security Justifications in Immigration Enforcement: Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, federal immigration enforcement has magnified against Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian Americans with little regard for individual rights. The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) Program should be eliminated outright because it targets immigrants based solely on their national origin. Strict and broad prohibitions on the use of race and religion in enforcement of federal law must become the universal norm.