Second Generation of ‘Deportable Aliens’ Struggle to Find a Place in the US

August 3, 2005

Source: Newsday,0,416243.story?coll=nyc-swapbox1

On August 3, 2005 Newsday reported, "Kamal Essaheb has completed his second year at Fordham University Law School, speaks fluent Arabic and counsels South Asian victims of domestic violence under a paid fellowship. But Essaheb, a native of Morocco and a resident of Queens since he was 11, also is a 'deportable alien,' with his childhood visa long since expired... As Essaheb's case reflects, the children of immigrants whose visas have expired are hardly immune from deportation proceedings, especially when it comes to those of Arab and Muslim ancestry since 9/11. Civil liberties activists contend that beefed-up enforcement of immigration laws needlessly rips families apart. The young man came to the government's attention under the Special Registration Program of 2002 and 2003, which required primarily Muslim and South Asian males who are not U.S. citizens to check in with the nearest immigration office. Immigration officials were under orders to get a better handle on the whereabouts and doings of these groups."