Puentes, along with dozens of national and regional immigrant rights organizations, has signed on to a letter calling on Congress to undo the damage caused by 2 laws passed in 1996 which have helped to fuel the deportation machine.
Read the Report:“Dismantle Don’t Expand: 1996 Immigration Laws”
This report explains the 1996 Immigration Laws, why it would be a mistake to build upon them in the new administration, and why they should be dismantled instead.
The term #Fix96 refers to 2 acts passed by Congress in 1996: the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) and the Illegal Immigration Reform & Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA)
- The AEDPA makes it easier for immigrants to be put on deportation proceeding,“AEDPA departed from its mission and unnecessarily restricted immigrant rights
- IIRIRA further expanded the grounds for mandatory detention and removal.
- “IIRIRA did not undergo the meaningful debate that should characterize such a consequential bill.”
- The laws were rushed and created negative consequences on the livelihoods of thousands of undocumented immigrants and green card holders
- Noncitizens convicted of even a misdemeanor drug offense could be subject to mandatory detention and deportation regardless of their rehabilitation, family ties to the U.S., or length of stay in the U.S.14
- Billions of dollars wasted, since the Trump administration ICE HAS REQUESTED $2.2 Billion to maintain about 31,000 detention beds, in hundreds of detention centers nationwide. The request will fund 29,953 adult beds at a per diem rate of $126.46 per bed and 960 family beds at a per diem rate of $161.36 per bed. Since Trump’s election, the government has already requested additional funds to expand its detention bed capacity to 45,700. The expected increase of detainees under Trump’s administration will only demand more money and resources.
- “The number of deportations since 1996 has exploded from about 70,000 to over 400,000 in recent years”
- 4.5 million U.S. citizen children have at least one parent who is undocumented
- Disproportionately affects people of color
- Foster care
- Loss of income