Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Second INS Registration Well-Monitored

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Second INS Registration Well-Monitored

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To the chagrin of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), attorneys, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee and other civil rights organizations were out in full force Jan. 10 for Round 2 of INS sign-ups of nonresident males from mostly Muslim countries.

Monitors wearing bright yellow MPAC T-shirts attempted to take the names of Middle Eastern men entering a designated door to the INS building. The police told the monitors they were not allowed to talk to registrants or to enter the building.

Whereas at the first INS registration on Dec. 16 an estimated 700 non-residents, mainly Iranian nationals, were arrested, few men appeared to be detained at the second call-in.

Representatives of Not In Our Name wore and distributed blue triangles bearing the names of Muslim men who have Disappeared in the USA. Explained Kya Davis: "During World War II, the Nazis ordered homosexuals to wear pink triangles on their sleeves; stateless individuals had to wear blue triangles. We are showing our solidarity with the newly disappeared."

"Did they register Tim McVeigh?" read one sign. Another stated: "Unfair Racial Profiling Under Guise of Homeland Safety. …

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