INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

December 24, 2002

Source: CAIR

On December 24, 2002, CAIR reported that "The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), Alliance of Iranian Americans (AIA), Council on American Islamic-Relations (CAIR), and the National Council of Pakistani Americans (NCPA) today announced the filing a class action lawsuit against Attorney General John Ashcroft and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)... The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, asserts that the INS unlawfully arrested large numbers of people, December 16th through December 18th in Los Angeles as they came forward to voluntarily comply with new 'special registration' requirements... The lawsuit takes issue with four aspects of the recent arrests and seeks an immediate injunction to avoid similar detentions during upcoming registrations."