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AILA Demands Restoration of Due Process:1996 Laws Deny Non-Citizens Basic Rights

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 07092162 (posted Sep. 21, 2007)"

AILA produced this video news release (VNR), “AILA Demands Restoration of Due Process,” to draw attention to the harsh realities that have resulted from the enactment of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. The video points out that by expanding the definition of aggravated felony for immigration purposes to include non-violent crimes such as shoplifting has created serious and unnecessary hardship for countless immigrants, U.S. families, and communities.

The VNR features AILA President, Kathleen Walker and AILA 2nd Vice President, David Leopold and was distributed to news stations across the country via satellite earlier this year. As of the last reporting period the segment has received 150 airings and has reached over 11 million viewers.

AILA urges you to look for opportunities to initiate discussions in your community about the importance of restoring due process as part of a immigration reform package by screening this video as part of a presentation. Consider seeking audiences with local leaders, service clubs, social clubs, churches, business associations, and schools. Check with your Chambers of commerce for listings of such organizations in your area.

Once you have secured a “screening” be sure to have with you other backup information to use as handouts. AILA’s Resource Guide: Making the Case for Comprehensive Immigration Reform provides excellent supporting materials including talking points and fact sheets:

Also please share the video with other immigration rights advocates and organizations so they too can educate their constituents on this critical issue. And don’t forget, AILA Advocacy and Communications staff would appreciate the opportunity to provide further information or answer questions about either the Resource Guide or Due Process video.

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