Pakistani Population in New York Decreases Amidst Legislations, Detentions, and Deportations

May 29, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On May 29, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "Little Pakistan in Brooklyn is a neighborhood being pulled up at its roots. Of the 120,000 or so Pakistanis who lived near here, 15,000, maybe more, have left for Canada, Europe or Pakistan, according to Pakistani government estimates. The departures began after Sept. 11, 2001, when federal agents began stopping and detaining hundreds of Pakistanis. The exodus accelerated five months ago when the Department of Homeland Security required that every male Pakistani visa holder age 16 or older register with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement... The mosque on Coney Island Avenue is one-third empty on Fridays. Restaurants close at 10 p.m. Hairdressers and pizza joints report a 40 percent drop in business. Sada-E-Pakistan newspaper, written in Urdu, sells 60 percent fewer ads. The United States has deported enough illegal immigrants to Islamabad to fill four jetliners."