Since the passage of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA), both in 1996, detention and deportations have increased exponentially. These laws replaced a discretionary system with mandatory detention and deportation, expanded the grounds of Deportation to include minor offenses, and systematically denies individuals of their human and civil right to due process. The 1996 laws are also retroactive. All 47 Khmer-American Refugee detainees have already served time for past crimes. However under current immigration law they are "Criminal Aliens" and are deportable. This is inhumane and unjust. Double punishment is wrong!
The community is stepping up and demanding CHANGE! It is 2010, and detentions and deportations are dramatically increasing. We must act NOW for LOVE, JUSTICE, and FAMILY UNITY!