The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has noted that a bill which is currently pending before the U.S. House of Representatives presents serious concerns for both lawful and unlawful immigrants.
The Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2011, H.R. 1932, sponsored by Lamar Smith (R-TX) is purportedly targeted at a few dangerous individuals, enabling their apprehension and detention.
But according to AILA, the bill would greatly expand the use of indefinite detention for people who cannot be deported, and it explicitly allows the Department of Homeland Security to hold individuals without a bond hearing during the pendency of removal proceedings.
AILA asserts that this could create long-lasting and potentially unlimited detentions that could adversely affect asylum seekers fleeing persecution, as well as lawful permanent residents with very old criminal convictions.
We will be keeping an eye on this legislation and other potentially significant legal changes in immigration, and posting pertinent news on this blog.
In the meantime, if you are in need of counsel for yourself and/or your family members on the subject of immigration law, please do not hesitate to contact our office for an appointment at (847) 564-0712. You can also check out the pertinent section of our Website for more information about how we might assist you.