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In re INS Proposed Rules Regarding Refugees Who Commit Crimes
(Regulatory Proceeding)
In a September 10, 2002 submission to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), WLF urged the INS to adopt rules that would prohibit granting permanent resident alien status to refugees who commit major crimes after arriving in this country. WLF argued that Congress has made clear that even permanent resident aliens who commit felonies should be deported as soon as possible, so there can be no justification for granting more leniency to refugees who engage in criminal activity. WLF's filing, and the INS's consideration of a rule change, were prompted by a recent decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals; the Board granted permanent residency to a refugee even though she was convicted of homicide after she beat and violently shook a baby left in her care.
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