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      National Entry-Exit Registration System: Arabs, Muslims, and Southeast Asians and Post-9/11 “Security Measures”

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            “In the hours and days immediately following [the September 11] attacks, Attorney General John Ashcroft … directed that FBI and INS agents question anyone they could find with a Muslim-sounding name … in some areas … they simply looked for names in the phone book … … Anyone who could be held, even on a minor violation of law or immigration rules, was held under a three-pronged strategy, fashioned by Ashcroft and a close circle of Justice Department deputies including criminal division chief at the time Michael Chertoff, that was intended to exert maximum pressure on these detainees …” (From a summary of Ashcroft strategy sessions contained, in further detail, in Steven Brill's After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era)”


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            1. Nat Hentoff, Ashcroft in Conference: “Let's Not Let them Get Johnnie Cochran on the Phone', The Village Voice, June 27, 2003.

            2. Attorney General John Ashcroft, Prepared Remarks on the National Security Entry-Exist Registration System, June 6th, 2002.

            3. United States Department of Justice, June 6, 2002.

            4. INS, Special Registration Procedures, 2002.

            5. The writer is news editor of the Friday Times and foreign editor of the Daily Times, both Lahore-based publications. He is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.

            6. The indigenous community in America has suffered a full-scale genocide over a period of 500 years and the notion of this being the first external attack has to be contextualized and referenced of a particular reading of history.

            7. Memorandum from Attorney General John Ashcroft to United States Attorneys entitled, “Anti-Terrorism Plan,” September 17, 2001, and quoted in The Office of the Inspector General Report, September 11 Detainees: A Review of the Treatment of Aliens Held on Immigration Charges in Connection with the Investigation of the September 11 Attacks, April, 2003.

            8. Testimonies in a public meeting held in Buena Park, California, October 20th, 2002, and organized by a Coalition that included Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), ACLU, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islanders Community Alliance (OCAPICA), the Iranian American Lawyers Guild, the National Lawyers Guild, the South Asian Network (SAN) and the Coalition of Women from Asia and the Middle East (CWAME).

            9. Ibid.

            10. Ibid.

            11. For privacy purposes I did not include the name of the lawyer or the student.

            12. , Thousands Across the Nation Protest INS Special Registration, January 17, 2003.

            13. , Crackdown Sets Off Unusual Rush to Canada, New York Times, Feb. 21, 2003.

            14. Anastasia Hendrix, Fear Keeps Immigrants in Hiding: After 9/11, many Live Underground Rather Than Register, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, August 3, 2003, p. A26.

            15. Ibid.

            16. Ibid.

            17. Ibid.


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