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Iranian American Friends of Marty Meehan Host Fundraising Event



Monday, November 1, 2004

Iranian American Friends of Marty Meehan Host Fundraising Event

Washington, DC - On Tuesday, October 26, 2004, Iranian American Friends of the Marty Meehan Campaign hosted a fundraising event in honor of U.S. Congressman Marty Meehan. The event was held at the Law Firm of Venable LLP.

 Congressman Meehan has represented the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts since 1993. During his tenure in Congress, Meehan has emerged as a national leader on a variety of issues and a steadfast advocate for the people of his district. He has led the fight to reform our nation's campaign finance laws and has been a tireless advocate for economic development in his District.

 Congressman Meehan began the evening by discussing the need to strengthen relationships and dialogue between Iranian Americans and members of the U.S. Congress. "The Iranian American community has an important voice and perspective on issues such as education, health care, civil liberties and immigration - issues that affect not only immigrant and minority communities but every American," said Meehan.

 A member of the House Judiciary Committee, Meehan is a leading supporter of civil liberties and civil rights. He supports policies that prevent terrorists from entering the country but shares the concern that law-abiding individuals who pose no security threat are unjustly facing removal procedures. Congressman Meehan recently hosted a bipartisan Congressional Briefing sponsored by the Iranian American Bar Association on its recently published report concerning the detention of Iranians under the National Security Entry Exit Registration System (NSEERS). Congressman Meehan is also working to enhance congressional oversight of the NSEERS program. Specifically, he has requested that Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge provide Congress with the total number of registrants who had pending applications for permanent residency under section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act but were nonetheless detained and placed through deportation proceedings.

 Congressman Meehan is considered a leading candidate for a possible U.S. Senate seat. If Senator John Kerry is elected president, Massachusetts would have a vacancy, triggering a springtime special election. The Massachusetts Legislature enacted a law this summer that calls for a special election that would take place between 145 and 160 days after Sen. Kerry submits his letter of resignation.

 The event ended with Question and Answer session with the audience in which the Congressman answered with openness and graciousness.