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CAIR-San Antonio: Urge Bush to Respect Immigrant Civil Rights


Local immigration rights advocates today called on the
Bush Administration to respect civil rights and due process for immigrants,
emphasizing the importance of immigrants to our community. The event,
hosted at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, was held in conjunction
with the National Week of Action for Immigrants Rights, in which advocates
in major cities across the U.S. are uniting to raise awareness about the
increasingly hostile environment in which immigrants now live.

Luis Figueroa of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
criticized an August decision by the Department of Homeland Security to
allow border patrol agents the authority to expedite deportation for
individuals, caught within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, who can not
provide proof of their legal status. Figueroa stated, “The Department of
Homeland Security has effectively authorized Border Patrol agents to act as
judge, jury and executioner of the law. Basic civil rights will be violated
at the Texas-Mexico border as a result of this policy.”

Advocates shared the stories of Muslim Americans who have been singled out
without any connection to terrorism as a result of post 9-11 policies.
“Members of the Muslim community have faced harassment, violence and
discriminatory treatment as a result of the USA Patriot Act and other
policies established to enhance national security,” said Sarwat Husain of
the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)”¦

CONTACT: Gina Amatangelo, 210-386-0934, Luis Figueroa, 210-224-5476,
CAIR-San Antonio, Sarwat Husain, 210-378-9528


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