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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Politics: The War on The Rule of Law

Via Atrios at Eschaton, Dubner at the American Prospect and Byrne at The Raw Story.

Seems our new Director of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, is poised to win the latest Survivor, Washington D.C. Immunity Challenge. The REAL ID act of 2005 may be passed as soon as tomorrow. The following is the text of Title I, Section 102 of this bill:


Section 102(c) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1103 note) is amended to read as follows:

`(c) Waiver-

`(1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall have the authority to waive, and shall waive, all laws such Secretary, in such Secretary's sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure expeditious construction of the barriers and roads under this section.

`(2) NO JUDICIAL REVIEW- Notwithstanding any other provision of law (statutory or nonstatutory), no court shall have jurisdiction--

`(A) to hear any cause or claim arising from any action undertaken, or any decision made, by the Secretary of Homeland Security pursuant to paragraph (1); or

`(B) to order compensatory, declaratory, injunctive, equitable, or any other relief for damage alleged to arise from any such action or decision.'.

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