AAS FINAL - Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing...

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Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism or simply the USA Patriot Act is an American Act originally put into affect by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. After the atrocities of the attacks on the United States during September 11 earlier in that year, this act was made to protect the United States against terrorism internally. However, the bill, the amendments, and additions to the bill greatly infringe on the rights of immigrants who are no threat to the U.S. and have legal rights to be here. Legally, the USA Patriot Act in essence is questioning the patriotism and loyalty of all citizens of the United States no matter what gender, sex, age, ethnicity, or race the individual belongs. The reason for the implementation of such an act is obvious. The amount of terrorist crimes aimed and committed against the United States of America in recent years has been on the rise and after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon during September 11; the public demanded that there be actions taken to protect them. Thus, the USA Patriot was written however, the public had no idea it would infringe on so many of the rights they previously had taken for granted. These rights were previously guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the many amendments that followed to improve conditions and adapt to the constantly changing culture. Since the USA Patriot Act was passed and implemented in 2001 Congress and the current, administration has been actively targeting immigration. While to some degree, this is understandable since laws before were lenient and are partially the reasons that the September 11 attacks occurred. However, such quick and harsh reforms will end up infringing on citizens and residents civil liberties more than protecting them, since there is no time to allow for proper acclimation to the new set of regulations.
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In 2003, Congress again revamped the USA Patriot Act now giving the government more power to enforce their will on the United States. As stated by Congress and the current administration this was to supposedly protect citizens and residents more effectively from terrorism. The Domestic Security Enhancement Act sometimes referred to as USA Patriot Act II extends many of the powers that were heavily criticized in the original Patriot Act. The original provisions were under reprimand for infringing on the Bill of Rights. One section, in particular though has the potential to be extremely detrimental to the Asian American community. For instance, section 502 titled Enhanced Criminal Penalties for Violations of Immigration and Nationality, which states: There are minimal criminal penalties directly attached to fundamental violations, or there is no effective prosecution of fraudulent documents, marriage fraud, or unlawful employment of aliens. […] This provision would amend the INA to increase penalties for a number of immigration crimes including unlawful entries,
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