H.R.1201 - Cuban Victims of Torture Act108th Congress (2003-2004)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-18] (Introduced 03/11/2003)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 05/05/2003 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (03/11/2003)
[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 1201 Introduced in House (IH)] 108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1201 To posthumously revoke the naturalization of Eriberto Mederos. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES March 11, 2003 Ms. Ros-Lehtinen (for herself, Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Florida, Mr. Foley, Mr. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Wexler, Mr. Tancredo, Mr. Burton of Indiana, and Mr. Engel) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To posthumously revoke the naturalization of Eriberto Mederos. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Cuban Victims of Torture Act''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. The Congress finds as follows: (1) Eriberto Mederos, a native of Cuba, was naturalized as a citizen of the United States in 1993. (2) On August 1, 2002, the jury returned a guilty verdict in a proceeding instituted for the purpose of revoking the order admitting Eriberto Mederos to citizenship on the ground that such order was procured by concealment of material facts and willful misrepresentations. (3) For almost two weeks preceding the verdict, the jury heard gruesome testimony from a series of witnesses revealing that, in the forensic wings of the Mazorra Psychiatric Hospital outside of Havana, Eriberto Mederos directed tortures against political prisoners, such as dragging, administration of electric shocks, and forced drug injections. He sometimes let his victims know that the cause of their suffering was ``counter-revolutionary'' opposition to the Communist dictatorship in Cuba. (4) These acts of torture were not revealed on Eriberto Mederos's application for naturalization. (5) On August 23, 2002, Eriberto Mederos died before a sentence was imposed. (6) The jury verdict was abated solely because of his death. (7) Had Eriberto Mederos not died before sentencing, the guilty verdict of the jury would have led to the revocation of his naturalization. (8) The significance of the jury verdict is in no way depreciated by the fortuitous death of Eriberto Mederos. It stands as an established record that Eriberto Mederos illegally procured United States citizenship by concealing his role in torturing political prisoners on behalf of the Communist government of Cuba. (9) The suffering and indignity Eriberto Mederos inflicted on his victims should be recognized and addressed. (10) Eriberto Mederos should never have been granted United States citizenship. SEC. 3. REVOCATION OF NATURALIZATION. The Attorney General shall take such actions as may be necessary to revoke and set aside the order admitting Eriberto Mederos to citizenship, and to cancel the certificate of naturalization that was issued pursuant to such order, on the ground that such order and certificate were procured by concealment of material facts and willful misrepresentations. Such revocation and setting aside of the order, and such canceling of the certificate of naturalization, shall be effective as of the original date of the order and certificate, respectively. <all>