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Thursday December 19, 2002
01:34 PM

"What's next? Concentration camps?"

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"I think it is shocking what is happening," she said.

"We are getting a lot of telephone calls from people. We are hearing that people went down wanting to co-operate and then they were detained."

Islamic community leaders said many detainees had been living, working and paying taxes in the US for up to a decade and had families there.

"Terrorists most likely wouldn't come to the INS to register," said Sabiha Khan of the Southern California chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations.

--BBC: Mass arrests of Muslims in LA

I feel safer already.

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  • These people are here illegally. I am not saying they should have been arrested or detained, and, in fact, I think they most of them probably should not have been. But it's not very reasonable at this point to liken it to concentration camps, where people were detained without any allegation of wrongdoing. It's a stupid move that will foster more distrust and ill will, but it's not concentration camps, or anything like it.
    • These people are here illegally

      It appears that these folks were trying to get themselves squared away with the INS.

      US immigration officials in Southern California have detained hundreds of Iranians and other Muslim men who turned up to register under residence laws brought in as part of the anti-terror drive.

      It seems like these people were trying to become legal immigrants. Were these all terrorist suspects? I don't know, but the article does say:

      The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)

      • It appears that these folks were trying to get themselves squared away with the INS. ... It seems like these people were trying to become legal immigrants.

        I understand that, and this is why I think it was a bad, unreasonable, and unproductive move. However, it doesn't take away from the point that they ARE breaking the law, and the government has the right to detain them, and that this makes it very different from anything related to a "concentration camp."

        However this administration has been far too c