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San Diego Democratic Central Committee's Resolution Concerning the Mass Detention of Middle Eastern Immigrants

WHEREAS, hundreds of Middle Eastern immigrants were detained by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, most of whom had come forward to comply with new INS alien registration requirements for men from a list of Middle Eastern countries.

WHEREAS, the INS staff was inadequate to verify compliance with the law and, rather than simply release the immigrants, they locked them up.

WHEREAS, many individuals were detained because of the failure of the INS to process their adjustment of visa status in a timely fashion.

WHEREAS, detainees who were denied bond by the deportation officers may not be heard by immigration judges until at least three weeks after the detentions occurred.

WHEREAS, the INS has targeted people for differential treatment, including incarceration, based solely on their ethnicity and national origin.

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the San Diego County Democratic Party, in the strongest possible terms, opposes the unjust detention of Middle Eastern and Muslim men and boys by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

... Payvand News - 1/19/03 ... --

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