Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Department of Welcome News From Last Weekend

"Special Registration for Arab Immigrants Will Reportedly Stop"

The Department of Homeland Security has decided to stop its program requiring thousands of Arab and Muslim men to register with immigration officials. Under the program, some 85,000 men from 24 mostly Muslim countries were interviewed, photographed, and fingerprinted by federal agents between November 2002 and May 2003; just 11 were found to have links to terrorism.

Said Lucas Guttentag, head of the Immigrants' Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union: "The government's plan to terminate special registration for Arab and Muslim immigrants is an implicit acknowledgement that this was a failed, discriminatory program."

Then again, on the other hand: "ACLU Says Arabs and Muslims Still At Risk for Unjustified Targeting, Deportation"