FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1995

SG (202) 616-0901 TDD (202) 514-1888 JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO GO BACK TO COURT WITH MORE EVIDENCE TO DEPORT ALIENS ACCUSED OF FUND-RAISING FOR RADICAL TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Continuing its efforts to fight terrorist activities in the U.S. and around the world, the Justice Department announced today that it will return to trial court in Los Angeles to seek leave to deport eight aliens accused of raising money in the United States for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP engages in terrorist activities. By returning to trial court, the government intends to present a full evidentiary record to show that the aliens were engaged in providing material support to a terrorist organization. Until now, the trial court has decided only preliminary motions about the legality of deportation proceedings against the plaintiffs. The United States has been seeking to deport the eight aliens who are the plaintiffs in this case since 1987. Last month, a 9th Circuit panel upheld a preliminary injunction against deportation of six of the plaintiffs. The appellate injunction stays deportation actions against these illegal aliens until the courts can determine whether the government seeks to deport them based on their support for the PFLP, and, if so, whether their deportation would violate the First Amendment. Rather than seek further appellate review of the Circuit Court decision, the government announced that it will return to the trial court and seek to establish the facts that support its authority to deport these aliens. Solicitor General Drew Days today signed a memorandum that expressed the government's intent not to appeal the 9th Circuit's November 8 decision, AmericanArab Anti-Discrimination Comm. v. Reno (No. 94-55404, etc.). The Justice Department maintains that in the government's administration of the immigration laws, it may consider the fact that particular aliens have used their presence in this country to provide money to a terrorist organization that is actively opposed to the interests of the United States and its allies. The government does not argue that non-citizens are without protection under the First Amendment. It does argue that the government need not stand by while aliens raise money for hostile terrorist groups. The Justice Department also stated that it would continue to enforce Executive Order 12947, signed by President Clinton

earlier this year, which bars anyone -- citizen or alien -- from providing material support to the PFLP or other specified international terrorist organizations. In another portion of its November 8 ruling, the Ninth Circuit held that the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) could not rely on classified information to deny legalization to two of the illegal aliens who applied under the special one-year amnesty program enacted by Congress in 1986. The government will not use such evidence in those proceedings. The Court of Appeals' ruling does not bar the INS from relying on other evidence to deny amnesty to the two aliens involved, nor does it bar the INS from deporting them based on their support for the PFLP. The Administration strongly supports the Comprehensive AntiTerrorism Act of 1995, which would establish special court procedures for use in deportation cases involving classified information, procedures designed to protect important national interests and fairness to petitioners. The legislation has passed the Senate, but has not been acted on by the House of Representatives. ### 95-640