Makes you proud to be an American, doesn’t it?

December 31st, 2002 – 10:11 pm
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“Hundreds of Muslim men and boys are being subjected to strip searches in freezing, standing room only detention centers in southern California after being arrested for routine visa irregularities, immigration lawyers said on Thursday.

They estimated that between 1,000 and 2,500 males, some as young as 16, were spending their fourth day locked up in what they called inhumane conditions after voluntarily presenting themselves at immigration offices to register under new anti-terrorism rules.

‘The situation in the detention centers is absolutely horrifying. In one center, they were ordered to strip down and given a strip search. They were only given a prison jumpsuit, without any underwear, T-shirts, socks or shoes. They were not given blankets. They are freezing,’ Iranian-American lawyer Sohelia Jonoubi told Reuters.”

A few weeks ago, the U.S. government decided to reward many of the Muslim men who had complied with a new law requiring them to register with the government by arresting them. They have been kept in poor conditions, and often denied the right to a lawyer or to contact their families. Don’t you feel safer now?

Read the rest of the Reuters article here, and more news and commentary about the situation here, here, here,
and here.

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