INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

December 23, 2002

Source: Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force

On December 23, 2002 the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force issued a press release. "SMART’s Executive Director, Navtej Khalsa, questioned the effect of these actions on the relationship between immigrant communities and law enforcement officials. 'We understand the need to prevent against any potential future terrorist attacks,' said Khalsa, 'but these mass detentions following short deadlines will increase fear amongst immigrant communities who will distrust the government. I also worry that some civilians who witness the government-sponsored round-up will act violently on their prejudices to target Arabs, Muslims, and those who appear to belong to these groups, such as Sikh Americans.'"