Thursday, December 26, 2002

MSNBC AP -- Suit filed over arrest of Mideast men

Civil rights groups sued the government Tuesday to stop future detentions of Middle Eastern men under a new anti-terrorism policy that led to hundreds of arrests of visa holders last week.

“We’re not challenging the right of the government to keep track of people who visit the country. We’re critical of the way it’s being done,” said Jason Erb of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, one of the groups that filed the suit. “We’re critical of mass arrests of people who are trying to follow all the rules.”

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