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NAVIGATE RESOURCES: InfoNet aila.org Table of Contents Find a Member ? ! Contact a Mentor Shop Agora FOR MORE ON PARDONS: fact, the district counsel at the time had written a letter that's in the record, saying that this woman is not deportable and then INS turning around a few months later and issuing an NTA," Hirota said. "Those things made it offensive and unbelievable. One of her children was diagnosed with autism right about the same time that the NTA was issued. … As a mother going through that and then having been told you're not deportable and then all of a sudden you're deportable with no relief. She was a special client." Hirota also noted that An Na was neither convicted of an aggravated felony, nor sentenced to a day in prison. To strengthen the chances of obtaining this rare remedy, Hirota advises attorneys to consult pardon experts, such as Margaret Love and Samuel Morison (she contacted both of them while handling An Na's case). Also, consider engaging the U.S. Attorney's Office that serves the jurisdiction where the conviction arose; it can submit a letter of support to the Office of the Pardon Attorney. Of course, attorneys should help MARCH 201 3 T wo Systems How the Immigration System Falls Short of American Ideals of Justice of Justice AILA's Focus on Private Bills and Pardons in Immigration Purchase > clients tell their stories by emphasizing their contributions to their community and to the United States. That said, don't allow them to minimize culpability for their convictions, Hirota noted. Also, managing client expectations is imperative, as executive clemency is infrequent and the process leading up to it could take years. "I was just so surprised that the pardon process would take seven years," Hirota said. "I was also hoping that this would … highlight[ ]… the need for the president to exercise his clemency powers in a positive way to help immigrants because, for so many people, it's a last resort." Two Systems of Justice is a special report that explores how the justice system for immigrants falls far short of the American values of due process and fundamental fairness. In fact, the immigration system lacks nearly all the procedural safeguards we expect in the U.S. criminal justice system. Given the high stakes involved in immigration cases and the increasing criminalization of immigration law, the report concludes that we must no longer tolerate a system that deprives countless individuals of a fair judicial process. From Fingerprints to DNA is a special report that explains the different technologies for collecting biometrics, as well as how that data is collected, stored, and used. It raises concerns about data sharing, legal protection, and technological problems, then proposes changes to control and limit the storage of biometrics to benefit not only immigrants, but all people in the United States. M AY/ J UNE 2013 45

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