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Hells Angels Sue Federal Government

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
A sea of chrome and flesh as far as the eye can see. There are observation towers that you can climb into to take photos for a mere  5 to a local charity.
The Hells Angels have filed a complaint against the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and the Citizenship and Immigration Services Department, an agency within Homeland Security, for allegedly barring its members from outside the U.S. from entering the country.

According to the complaint, members of international Hells Angels motorcycle clubs have been refused visas to visit the United States based solely on their membership in the group. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act and included in the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual, visas are denied when there are reasonable grounds to suspect an individual of entering the U.S. “to engage solely, principally, or incidentally in any unlawful activity.” The FAM goes on to interpret inadmissibility to any member of a “known criminal organization.” In 2001, the State Department, in accordance with Homeland Security, added active members of the Hells Angels to the list of “known criminal organizations.”

The Angels counter that they are “made up of motorcycle enthusiasts who have joined to ride motorcycles together, organize social events, fundraisers, parties and motorcycle rallies.” Today they have chartered clubs throughout the world, predominantly in Europe.

Seeking a temporary injunction on the policy while litigation proceeds, the Hells Angels claim that exclusion of international members from annual events, such as the World Run, infringes on their “constitutional right to associate for the advancement of beliefs and ideas” and “inhibits [the Angels’] freedom of speech.”

Organizations deemed “criminal” are given an avenue to challenge the designation and the Hells Angels are seeking to be removed from the State Department’s roster of “criminal organizations.”

The case is expected to proceed in the coming weeks, first with a consideration of the injunction request and then to a more complete examination of the broader legal questions raised by the complaint.

The case is Hells Angels Motorcycle Corp. v. Napolitano (1:12-cv-1357).

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wildpig   August 24, 2012 04:15 AM
im more worried bout the gov ment than i am about h a.
JNSRacing   August 23, 2012 11:35 AM
To CowboyTutt:

Agreed... because unfortunately bad apples DO INDEED spoil the whole damn bunch.
CowboyTutt   August 22, 2012 07:35 PM
I went to the Laughlin River Run one year preceding the big hotel "shoot out" between H.A. and Mongols on a BMW with Harley friends. I've owned a Harley since 2009 and have 40K miles on it and countless dollars invested in it rebuilding the engine and modifying the heck out of it to make it run well. Its the finest motorcycle I have owned and hopefully the LAST one I will ever own. I also lived in Hollister, CA for 5 years while we had the Hollister Rally there. One of the last years of the Hollister Rally the only thing that prevented the H.A. and Mongols from getting into a shoot out was the ENORMOUS police presence. The H.A. and Mongols were literally surrounded by police who had their hands on their holsters. That's the word on the street. Everywhere they go, the H.A. and Mongols bring violence to the community. While I'm politically a Conservative, I think a community has a right to protect itself and say they are not welcome. Personally, I don't want the H.A. or Mongols in my neighborhood at all. I hope they loose their lawsuit altogether. -Tutt
Brian426v   August 21, 2012 06:01 PM
Good luck with that, 81.