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Letters to the 107th Congress

March 7, 2002

The Honorable John Conyers, Jr.
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative Conyers:

I am writing on behalf of the American Bar Association to thank you for introducing the "The Restoration of Fairness in Immigration Act of 2002." This legislation would correct many defects of the 1996 immigration laws and make other necessary improvements.

The ABA supports those provisions of the legislation that would: return authority to the Attorney General to release from detention immigrants who are not safety or flight risks; restore the historic role of the judiciary in reviewing immigration decisions; permit consular review of visa applications; repeal retroactive portions of the law which allow deportation for certain offenses which predate the 1996 laws; remove procedural obstacles to asylum; and expand the discretion of the Attorney General to grant equitable relief from deportation on a case-by-case basis.

Changes enacted in 1996 severely eroded the legal protections long afforded to foreign-born residents and to refugees seeking asylum. Statutory reforms are long overdue.

We want to thank you for your tireless efforts on behalf of immigrants and refugees. We look forward to working with you to secure improvements this year.


Robert D. Evans
Director, Governmental Affairs Office

107th Congress Letters Home

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