Restore Fairness to the Immigration System

A new video, "Restore Fairness" produced by Breakthrough in association with 26 other organizations, including the ACLU, is part of a national campaign asking our government to restore fairness and due process to the broken immigration system.

The video's first segment features footage of congressional testimony by June Everett about the death of her sister, Sandra Kenley, after she was denied adequate medical care in immigration detention. In 2007, the ACLU interviewed Everett about her sister's death for this podcast.

In 2007, the ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeking a complete list of detainees who have died in U.S. custody. Our FOIA request and subsequent lawsuit to enforce that request revealed that 104 people have died in immigration detention since 2003.

"Restore Fairness" also features interviews with ACLU executive director Anthony Romero, members of Congress, immigration judges, civil society leaders and ordinary families affected by harsh immigration laws. The campaign website has a video channel with additional immigration stories, a screening guide, a blog, tools for contributing and sharing content, along with online resources to update you on the issue and key ways to take action.

In the video, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) says:

If we deny fairness and justice under our laws against any group of people, then ultimately, we all becomes victims of that injustice. The only way that we can protect our own rights and our own values, is to make sure that we protect the rights for others.

You can take that first step protecting those rights by watching the video then tell Congress to restore fairness to the immigration system right now.

 

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Bull

What if illegal immigrants had your job
? would you be a champion then ?

Jimmy6pack

If you want a true system of fairness within the immigration issue, then please do us a favor and give more concerns to legal immigrants rather than having to always vouch for the illegal immigrants. Once they cross our borders without any legal documentation and properly vetted by the system they are criminals in my eyes. I will support the ACLU if they change their stance to supporting Americans and legal immigrants who are willing to come to this country and make it better.

Karissa Polston

Representative Lucille Allard words in the video ring the truth, no matter if they are illegal or not we shouldn't deny the justice they deserve. It wouldn't make anything better to treat illegal immigrants this way just because they are illegal.

Anonymous

How can your organization ask legal citizens to support your stance on illegal immigrants. You need to change your stance and champion the rights of legal immigrants vice illegals.

Anonymous

How can your organization ask legal citizens to support your stance on illegal immigrants. You need to change your stance and champion the rights of legal immigrants vice illegals.

Anonymous

How can your organization ask legal citizens to support your stance on illegal immigrants. You need to change your stance and champion the rights of legal immigrants vice illegals.

Jim

What don't you people understand about the word illegal. If you truely want to add fairness to the imigration system, you would collect up all of these people who entered this country illegally and get them out. I have no problem with people who follow the rules and become citezens of this great country. That is how most of us got here. If it was not for this problem alone we would not have to worry about health care reform, unemployment, and a bunch of other isses to long to list.

Anonymous

They're illegal- they are committing a crime. Do you want criminals roaming the streets? And don't even start with the poor illegal alien. Everyone has a sob story, I do too-bad enough to raise the hair on your head- but that doesn't give me the right to rob a bank. Their sob story doesn't give them the right to walk in my country that my grandpa legally came here from his country after taking immigration tests and later fighting in a war to defend the land you stand on. These guys are illegal, they pretend they own the place with "rights" but they never earned it. You want them to be legal?- Tell them to earn it, they will be better citizens for it and they might stand up to defend it.

concerned

It may be a crime to enter this country illegaly or to stay pass the legal time awarded to you but it is also illegal to put an epileptic in solitary confinement to die. It is also illegal to charge people with crimes they did not commit. It is also illegal to beat them unneccesarily or go against medical standards that the ICE says it is supposed to uphold. It is illegal to put pregnant women in shackles and it is against basic human rights to deny a human dignity. Most immigrants just want to give their people an opportunity to survive and unlike yourself they are not killing people to do it. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE educate yourself on the mal treament of those in detention. Why must human beings be detained for three years and tortured instead of released back to their country? Have some compassion and try to understand the desperate lives they live.

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