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Petitioning Congress

Stop the Indefinite Detention of Immigrants!


Demand Dignity Not Detention, Stop HR 1932

Lamar Smith played a central role in creating laws that allow immigrants to be held in jail indiscriminately. He has directly contributed to the incarceration of millions of immigrants, but he isn't stopping there. This year he introduced a bill that would enable the government to lock up even more immigrants for even longer periods of time, and would make it almost impossible for anyone to challenge the legality of their detention in a court of law. HR 1932 would overturn court decisions protecting the rights of immigrants who languish behind bars for months and often years. The bill is discriminatory and unconstitutional. If voted into law it will result in the prolonged and unjustified imprisonment of thousands of people, under inhumane conditions, without any safeguard of their civil and human rights.

Sign this petition opposing HR 1932 and tell Congress that you stand up for equality under the law for all people.

This petition is part of the Dignity Not Detention campaign to stop the mandatory detention of immigrants. For more information on how to get involved, please go to www.DignityNotDetention.org

Letter to
Congress
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Congress.

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Stop Lamar Smith's HR 1932 Bill to Hold Immigrants Indefinitely

In 1996 Lamar Smith was one of the primary architects of a series of bills requiring the imprisonment of broad categories of immigrants without any consideration of whether their detention is necessary or appropriate. These laws have since led to the incarceration of millions of immigrants, but Lamar Smith isn’t done yet. This year he introduced HR 1932, a bill that would enable the government to lock up even more immigrants for even longer periods of time, and would make it almost impossible for anyone to challenge the legality of their detention in a court of law. HR 1932 would overturn a Supreme Court decision, and several lower court decisions, protecting the rights of immigrants who languish behind bars for months and often years while they fight their immigration cases, or when the government – for logistical or diplomatic reasons that are in no way their fault -- has trouble carrying out their deportation. HR 1932 is discriminatory and unconstitutional, and if it becomes law it will result in the prolonged and unjustified imprisonment of thousands of people, under inhumane conditions, without any safeguard of their civil and human rights. Please stop the passing of HR 1932 and stand up for equality under the law of all people.
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Sincerely,