ACLU and CAIR Host Forum in FL on Treatment of Immigrants

December 2, 2004

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On December 2, 2004 The Tampa Tribune reported, "federal antiterrorism legislation and the backlash against the Arab community is driving the undocumented population away from the mainstream, according to immigration and civil rights advocates. Dalia Hashad, the American Civil Liberties Union's national advocate for Arabs, Muslims and South Asians, recounted anecdotes of Arab and Muslim men who were detained, harassed and targeted by police after the Sept. 11 attacks. 'There was a report by the inspector general, an internal investigation, strongly criticizing this,' Hashad said. Hashad and several panelists spoke at a community forum on immigration legislation Wednesday night at Viva La Frida Cafe y Galleria. About 40 people attended the forum, sponsored by the ACLU's Tampa office and the Council of American-Islamic Relations."