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Report: Widespread Violation of Due Process Rights

Compose

“Deportation Without Due Process” Sheds Light on Secretive Deportation Practices, Reveals Evidence of Systemic Violations of Basic Rights for Immigrants in Deportation Proceedings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

September 6, 2011

CONTACT:

Adela de la Torre, NILC, (213) 674-2832; delatorre@nilc.org
Jennifer Lee Koh, Western State University College of Law: (714) 459-1136; jkoh@wsulaw.edu
Jayashri Srikantiah, Stanford Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic: (650) 724-2442; jsrikantiah@law.stanford.edu

FULLERTON, Calif. — On Thursday September 8, 2011, the authors of “Deportation Without Due Process” will discuss their analysis of thousands of never-before-released government documents revealing evidence of widespread misuse of the “stipulated order of removal” program. For nearly a decade, the government has used this little-known program to deport more than 160,000 noncitizens -- many with deep ties to the United States -- without providing them hearings before immigration judges or adequately informing them of the rights they forfeit by signing the removal order.

WHAT

Telephonic briefing to discuss findings from “Deportation Without Due Process,” the nation’s first detailed report chronicling widespread due process violations as a result of the federal government’s stipulated removal program.

WHO

  • William E. Adams (moderator), dean, Western State University College of Law

  • Jennifer Lee Koh (lead author), assistant professor of law and director, Immigration Clinic, Western State University College of Law

  • Jayashri Srikantiah (author), professor of law and director, Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Stanford Law School

  • Karen Tumlin (author), managing attorney, National Immigration Law Center

WHEN

September 8, 2011, 9:00 a.m. PDT

TO PARTICIPATE

To participate in the telephonic press briefing, please dial 800-894-5910 and ask to join the REPORT conference when prompted.

BACKGROUND

The “stipulated orders of removal” program encourages immigrants to waive their right to a court hearing in exchange for expedited deportation. Through this process, immigrants have neither been properly advised of their legal rights, nor adequately informed that their deportation will have lasting, often permanent impact. The authors of this report obtained government records through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and carefully analyzed thousands of pages of government data, correspondence, and other information about this controversial program. Their startling findings indicate that the program has violated the basic civil rights of immigrants, the vast majority of whom are placed into the deportation pipeline as a result of simple immigration infractions.

The Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit was filed by Stanford Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and the National Immigration Law Center on behalf of the National Immigration Law Center, the ACLU of Southern California, and the National Lawyers Guild-San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

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