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SUPPORT H.R. 2119 TO REMEDY IMMIGRATION LAW ENFORCEMENT ABUSE Civil and human rights organizations have documented a pattern of widespread abuse by the Border Patrol and other federal immigration law enforcement personnel. Reports of beatings and verbal abuse are common with complaints of unjustified shootings, torture and sexual abuse reported all too often. Many complaints are from U.S citizens who are subjected to abuse because of their race, because they objected to the abuse or others, or simply because they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. However most victims of abuse are the most powerless among us - the undocumented who often do not know how to complain or are fearful of retaliation if they do. Immigration officials have taken no effective steps to remedy the abuse problem. Under the Immigration Enforcement Review Commission Act (H.R. 2119) a new federal commission will be established to independently investigate complaints filed against federal officials who enforce immigration laws. If the Commission finds that abuse has occurred, it will make recommendations regarding disciplinary action. Independent review of complaints is not the sole answer to the abuse problem, but it is an essential step. Currently over 60% of American big cities have independent review of complaints filed against their police as do many smaller communities. Both Canada and Mexico have independent commissions which investigate complaints against their national police. Write or call your Members of Congress. Urge your Representative to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 2119. Ask your Senators to act to end abuse and brutality by U.S. immigration officials. Explain that you want our laws enforced in a lawful manner and that you believe that independent review is essential to ensure fair investigations of complaints against immigration officials. ============================================================= ACLU Free Reading Room | A publications and information resource of the gopher:// | American Civil Liberties Union National Office | | "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty"


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