IMMIGRATION: Suing for Amnesty

IMMIGRATION: Suing for Amnesty

When Congress passed its landmark amnesty bill in 1986, it was considered a triumph for illegal aliens seeking to normalize their status. But the act contained limited provisions for individuals to appeal the handling of their cases by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Last week, by a 7-to-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the law did not bar broader legal challenges to INS policies and practices that are deemed unfair and illegal.

The decision came in a class action filed on behalf of several thousand Haitian farm workers in Florida. The suit attacked flawed INS procedures, including the failure...

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