GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
April-September 1996: The U.S. Congress passes the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act.

These laws allow secret evidence to be used against immigrants and foreign visitors for purposes of deportation. The law has been implemented almost exclusively against Arabs and Arab Americans.

PBS US Immigration Timeline
http://www.pbs.org/itvs/thecity/america1_3.html

An abridged timeline of immigration in the U.S.


PBS The Execution
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline /shows/execution/readings/speed. html

An overview of the Habeas Corupus Appeals that includes information on the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996