Cornyn Immigration Amendment Would Rely on Secret Evidence
Action Alert just received by e-mail from the Anti-Arab Discrimination Committee:
Cornyn Amendment Would Allow Use of Secret Evidence
Thursday, May 24, 2007…Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has introduced an amendment (#1148) to the on-going immigration debate that would deny lawful permanent residents the opportunity to become U.S. citizens based on secret evidence.
....Senators are voting on this amendment as early as 12:15 EST. As this late breaking amendment has just been added and will be voted on very shortly, we are asking everyone to call rather than email their senate offices. The US Capitol operator is (202) 224-3121.
- Cornyn’s Amendment denies lawful permanent residents the opportunity to become U.S. citizens based on secret evidence:
- This amendment gives the Attorney General unreviewable discretion to use secret evidence to determine if an alien is ‘described in’ the national security exclusions within immigration law.
- A person applying for naturalization could have her application denied and she would never know the reason for the denial.
- For example, if a lawful permanent resident was giving money for Tsunami relief and accidentally gave money to a charity controlled by the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, then that person could be denied citizenship on the basis of secret evidence and there would be no review in the courts.
- In sum, it allows deportations based on the unreviewable determination by executive branch that a person lacks "good moral character"; determinations can be made based on secret evidence that the person cannot even see let alone challenge.
VOTE NO ON THE CORNYN AMENDMENT
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