OSPC Expresses Concern About Chertoff Nomination
OSPC is one of 24 organizations to send a letter to Senators expressing concern about the troubling record of Michael Chertoff, nominee for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

February 3, 2005

The Open Society Policy Center is one of 24 diverse organizations that has urged Senators to carefully examine the troubling record of Michael Chertoff, the nominee for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

In a letter sent February 2, 2005, the organizations document Mr. Chertoff’s record of misuse of immigration laws and the material witness statute . The letter calls on Senators to “thoroughly examine his role in developing and implementing post-9/11 investigative policies that went too far in intruding on the basic rights and liberties of people in the United States.”

The letter says that the Senate should seek the following commitments from Mr. Chertoff prior to voting on his nomination:

  •  No more secret arrests.
  •  Release the names of those secretly arrested and detained in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
  • Ensure open deportation hearings.
  • Ensure that individuals are not jailed without being charged and commit to providing individuals who are jailed on suspicion of immigration violations timely notice of the charges against them, no later than 48 hours after they are jailed.
  • Assure that individuals are provided fair, individualized bond determinations when the DHS seeks to jail them.
  • Assure that individuals who are detained are allowed immediate access to counsel and family.
  • End the selective enforcement of the immigration laws based on ethnicity or religion.
  • No more abuse of the material witness statute.

For a copy of the letter, please click the PDF.

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