The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee decision upheld and broadly interpreted a federal statute that severely restricted the rights of alien residents to challenge deportation orders in court, even in cases when the defendants claim a violation of their constitutional rights.
The U.S. government characterized the
Based on the new law, Reno filed a motion asserting that the federal courts no longer had jurisdiction to review the validity of the selective enforcement claim. Both the district court and the court of appeals rejected the motion. By an 8-1 margin, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed these rulings and upheld Reno’s motion. In the majority opinion, Justice
Kanstroom, Daniel. Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007. Miyamoto, Maryam K. “The First Amendment After Reno v. American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee: A Different Bill of Rights for Aliens?” Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 35 (Winter, 2000): 183-224.
Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996
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