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April 26, 2018

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Secrets or Lies: Immigrants, Terrorism and International Justice
Last Featured: 3/31/2000

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Should the federal government be able to deport suspected terrorists on the basis of evidence that must remain secret due to national security? Justice Talking will consider the case of Nasser Amed who has been detained for three and a half years by the INS because he is allegedly associated with an Egyptian terrorist group. Join us as we discuss the rights of immigrants and international terrorism.

David D. Cole is a Professor of Law at the Georgetown Law Center in Washington D.C., where he teaches constitutional law, criminal procedure and federal courts. While a staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, Professor Cole litigated a number of major First Amendment cases, including Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989), and United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 928 (1990), which established that the First Amendment protects flag burning. He continues to litigate First Amendment and other constitutional issues as a volunteer staff attorney at the Center. Among other distinctions, Cole is the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, a regular columnist for Legal Times, and the author of No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System (New Press, 1999). He represents Nasser Ahmed in the case being discussed today.

David A. Martin is the Henry L. & Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, where he teaches immigration, constitutional law, and international law. He is a graduate of DePauw University and Yale Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. Following judicial clerkships and a period of private practice in Washington, D.C., he served from 1978 to 1980 as special assistant in the Human Rights Bureau of the U.S. Department of State. Since joining the Virginia faculty in 1980, he has published numerous works on immigration, refugees, international human rights, and constitutional law, including a leading casebook on U.S. immigration and citizenship law. From August 1995 to January 1998, he took leave from the University to serve as General Counsel of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington.

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"Under our constitutional system, courts stand against any winds that blow as havens of refuge for those who might otherwise suffer because they are helpless, weak, outnumbered, or because they are non-conforming victims of prejudice and public excitement...No higher duty, no more solemn responsibility, rests upon this Court, than that of translating into living law and maintaining this constitutional shield...for the benefit of every human being...of whatever race, creed or persuasion."

— Justice Black's opinion in Chambers v. Florida

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