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Report: Dismantle, Don’t Expand

A new report by the Immigrant Rights Clinic at NYU School of Law and the Immigrant Justice Network (IJN) warns against increasing funding for the abusive deportation system, established by controversial Clinton-era legislation.

Dismantle, Don’t Expand: The 1996 Immigration Laws offers policy-makers, advocates, and reporters an accessible study of the 1996 laws, the devastating human and fiscal impact their implementation has had on millions of Americans, and the argument for doing away with them. This report builds on the Immigrant Justice Network’s  #Fix96 and #NewWayForward campaigns. 

“The 1996 Laws break apart communities of color by allowing a single contact with law enforcement to result in banishment from the country,” the report states, adding that the laws “make the immigration so severe that a single marijuana offense can be sufficient to deport many green card holders.”

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