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Keeping our Communities Safe?

June 2, 2011

Is this Really the Way to
Keep Our Communities Safe?

The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is warning that legislation currently under consideration in the House of Representatives (HR 1932) may result in prolonged or even permanent detention of some asylum seekers and survivors of torture – without meaningful judicial review. In a recent newsletter they estimate that the law could result in the detention of 6,000 immigrants over current levels, and could increase our spending on detention by over $26 million. Check the LIRS website for a summary of the “Keep our Communities Safe Act” and a statement on the expected impact of the proposed law on immigrants. LIRS also has some suggestions on taking action. (Photo from LIRS.)

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