Advocates Decry Deportation Due to Registration Program

July 1, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

On July 1, 2003 the Contra Costa Times reported that "immigrant and civil rights advocates say the government is punishing the Amin brothers and some 13,000 other people who complied with the registration program by seeking to deport them for 'highly technical immigration violations...' Hassan Amin, 19, and his 17-year-old brother Ahmad are in trouble because they have lived in the United States without a legal visa for several years. Their brother, a U.S. citizen, has filed an application to grant them legal residency... Critics charge that the government is singling out Muslims for immigration enforcement. The registration program required male visitors over age 16 from two dozen Muslim countries and North Korea to register with the government."