Arab and Muslim Groups Decry Racial Profiling

June 12, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On June 12, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "Arab and Muslim immigrants accused U.S. officials Thursday of needlessly tearing apart their families with selective enforcement of immigration laws... None of the roughly 82,000 men from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and several other Middle Eastern or Muslim countries who registered was charged with a terrorism-related crime, advocates said. But more than 13,000 � many husbands of women with green cards and fathers of young U.S. citizens � were ordered to appear in immigration court for deportation proceedings... Bill Strassberger, spokesman for the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, denied the aliens were being singled out based on religion."