Excerpts from HIP’s Open Letter to Chertoff

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The Harvard Immigration Project delivered the following excerpted letter to DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff on Monday night, signed by 36 students.

Dear Secretary Chertoff:

As students and future practitioners of the law, we feel compelled to articulate our deep concerns about the impact of several DHS decisions and strategies on the rights of asylum-seekers, immigrants, and their families in the United States. Some of us are immigrants and some of us come from immigrant families. We all share a deep conviction that the important work of keeping our country safe must be carried out in a manner that is consistent with our national commitment to human and civil rights and that does justice to our nation’s immigrant heritage….

We are very troubled by the deputization agreements DHS has entered into with state and local law enforcement under

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