By I. Shiekh
Immigrants from Pakistan, Egypt, India, and Palestine who have been racially profiled and detained following the September eleven assaults inform their own tales in a set which explores issues of transnationalism, racialization, and the worldwide struggle on terror, and explains the human expense of postponing civil liberties after a wartime emergency.
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Former detainees should be thankful that they are out. They were out of status or they had done something “illegal,”138 which made them suspicious and so should they should not be complaining. 139 Steven Brill’s book After140 and the Office of Inspector General reports about September 11 detainees141 include interviews with DOJ officials. I use both of these publications for reference throughout the book. Legal Research For each of the detainees featured in the book, I met at least one defense attorney,142 who confirmed the legal information independently provided by 26 / Detained without Cause their clients.
History—Latino and especially Mexican communities have historically experienced deportations. However, scholars estimate that since the passage of the 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act,146 deportations have surged (see graph 2). Despite this surge in immigrant deportations, a book featuring the personal narratives of deportees is nonexistent. The narratives included in this book examine the lives of Muslim immigrants in the United States after they have been deported to their home countries.
16 / Detained without Cause over 82,000 foreign nationals registered under the Special Registration program. ”99 These mass detentions and deportations sent waves of fear throughout Muslim communities across the nation. 100 Many others took volunteer departures and returned to their home countries. During my visit to Pakistan in early 2003, I was told that many families had moved back to Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi from New York and New Jersey. The hostility against Muslims in the United States converted the home country into a safety zone.
Detained without Cause: Muslims’ Stories of Detention and Deportation in America after 9/11 by I. Shiekh