Citizens in the Metropolitan area of Dallas/Ft. Worth and anyone who might have an interest in this issue are invited to attend an informative forum in order to initiate a legal petition for a revision of Section 212 (a) (9) (c) (II) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act. The following are the premises for this action:
- A USCIS Ombudsman Office was precisely created to work directly with the petitioners of immigration benefits and to resolve their issues.
- Section 212 (a) (9) (c) (II) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act criminalizes without due process acts which are in most cases only humanitarian and survival actions. It inhumanly penalizes people who are guilty of no criminal intention by negating them immigration benefits, and the possibility to be united with their families, because at some point they were deported and entered The United States without proper and official admission.
- The immigration authorities, disregarding the fifth and the eighth amendments of the Constitution, impose cruel and unusual punishments to US citizens and their immediate relatives.
- The Supreme Court (Grahan V. Florida, 560 U.S. 2010) reiterated the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishments, which is consecrated in the eighth amendment of the Constitution. Additionaly it stated that not only inherently barbaric punishments were proscribed, but also penalties not proportional to the alleged offence.