Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health

2012 Edition
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Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (U.S.)

  • Robert W. Stephens
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5659-0_44

The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA) is an Act of the United States Congress signed into law on April 24, 1996. The bill was introduced as part of Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America, passed with broad bipartisan support by Congress following the Oklahoma City bombing, and signed into law by the United States President Bill Clinton.

AEDPA created a new procedure for the removal of alien terrorists. (The law uses the term “alien” to refer to any individual, including those who are permanent residents, who is not a citizen of the United States.) Special removal proceedings apply to any noncitizen who has engaged, is engaged, or at any time after admission into the United States engages in any terrorist activity as defined in the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA). For noncitizens who meet the terrorist definition, a removal court was appointed, consisting of five federal district court judges. Proceedings before the special...

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Suggested Resources

  1. Doyle, C. (1996). Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 – A summary. Retrieved from http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/96-499.htm
  2. Hogue, J. L. (1996). A review of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. Retrieved from http://www.lampofhope.org/tdrj7k.html
  3. The Library of Congress. Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. Retrieved from http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c104:S.735.ENR

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. Stephens
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  1. 1.Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch & Champion, L.L.C.St. LouisUSA