Still treating Arab-Americans as the enemy

July 30th, 2004 – 7:51 pm
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Apparently the Department of Homeland Security decided that it needed detailed information on just where Arab-Americans are living:

The Census Bureau has provided specially tabulated population statistics on Arab-Americans to the Department of Homeland Security, including detailed information on how many people of Arab backgrounds live in certain ZIP codes.

The assistance is legal, but civil liberties groups and Arab-American advocacy organizations say it is a dangerous breach of public trust and liken it to the Census Bureau’s compilation of similar information about Japanese-Americans during World War II.

They’re trying to cover with some lame excuse about just wanting to know which airports need to have signs up in Arabic, but the information they requested is far more detailed than what would be needed for that. I think that Arab-Americans have cause to worry about just what the DHS plans to do.

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