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Request for information:
Special Registration “departure” registration problems

 The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) along with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) are investigating the government’s failure to give information about “departure” or exit registration requirements to persons who registered under the NSEERS Special Registration program at either Call-In or ports-of-entry in 2002 and 2003. 

 The “departure registration” requirement for special registrants has not ended.  The lack of adequate information about this requirement is now especially important because of the widespread publicity and confusion about the recent suspension of the annual re-registration and 30/40-day follow-up requirements. 

 We are looking for the following information about individuals who went through Special Registration at either “Call-In” or at Ports-Of-Entry (POE): 

 1)       Individuals who registered who were not informed or given written information about the “departure” registration requirements.

 2)       Copies of all written information material given to registrants at Call-In or at POE special registration.

 3)       Individuals who registered and who have left the U.S. without undergoing the “departure” registration process.

 4)       Individuals who registered and who left the U.S. who have been denied re-entry on the ground that they failed to comply with “departure” registration when they left.

 Please send us any information describing these experiences and, if possible, with contact information to allow us to investigate further.

 To contact us by:


 ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
 405 14th Street, Suite 300
 Oakland CA 94612
 Attn: Hilary Ley

 Fax:  510.622-0050

 E-mail:        immrights@aclu.org  

December 15, 2003