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PROTEST INS ATTACKS ON ARAB, MUSLIM, AND SOUTH ASIAN IMMIGRANTS (english)
18 Feb 2003
On the anniversary of WWII internment of Japanese-Americans

PROTEST INS ATTACKS ON ARAB, MUSLIM, AND SOUTH ASIAN IMMIGRANTS

Thursday, February 20, Noon
INS Regional HQ - JFK Federal Bldg., Boston
(Near the Government Center T)
On the anniversary of WWII internment of Japanese-Americans

PROTEST INS ATTACKS ON ARAB, MUSLIM, AND SOUTH ASIAN IMMIGRANTS

Thursday, February 20, Noon
INS Regional HQ - JFK Federal Bldg., Boston
(Near the Government Center T)

On February 19, 1942, Pres. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066,
which authorized the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans throughout
the western United States. More than 100,000 people were sent to
internment camps. In a shameful repetition of this history, the INS
began its new "Special Registration Program" in Dec. 2002, targeting
primarily Arab, Muslim, and South Asian men. They must appear at INS
headquarters to be photographed and fingerprinted or face severe
legal penalties. On the first registration deadline, more than a
thousand immigrant men in California were summarily arrested and
thrown into crowded detention facilities. This is only the most well
reported incident: untold numbers of immigrant men have been silently
imprisoned in various parts of the country.

February 21st is the next registration deadline, affecting men from
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

The registration program itself is a form of racial and religious
persecution. Together with the mass arrests, it is the most
systematic and chilling assault on fundamental human rights in this
country since the internment of the Japanese 61 years ago. On this
national day of solidarity with Arab, Muslim, and South Asian
immigrants, join us in front of the INS in Boston to demand the
release of current detainees and an end to the Special Registration
program.

Join this National Day of Solidarity, with Coordinated Actions Across
the United States

Sponsors: New England Immigrant & Detainee Response Network (NEIDRN),
a joint project of major civil liberties, immigrant rights, legal
services, and solidarity organizations throughout the area.
mailto:nei- (at) neidrn.org : http://www.neidrn.org [active soon]
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