Essay: Discrimination against the Arab-Americans

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This essay discusses Discrimination against the Arab-Americans in the US after September 11, 2001. In the aftermath of September 11th attack on World Trade Center, Muslims in General and Arabs in particular have been victims of escalating hate crimes, discrimination by the government, and in workplace and have been subjected to undue pressurization and harassment as Arab phobia has heightened dramatically.

In the aftermath of September 11th attack on World Trade Center, Muslims in General and Arabs in particular have been victims of escalating hate crimes, discrimination by the government, and in workplace and have been subjected to undue pressurization and harassment as Arab phobia has heightened dramatically. From students to families and U.S citizens of Arab descent are being targeted. In a testimony to United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary the Director, Migration Policy Institute at New York University School of Law Muzaffar Chishti stated:[1]

  • Unlike the hijackers, the majority of non-citizens held since September 11 had major ties to the United States and roots in their communities. Of the detainees for whom relevant information was presented, over 46 percent had been in the United States at least six years. Almost half had spouses, children, or other family relationships in the United States.

Even in an immigration system known for its systemic problems, the post-September 11 detainees suffered extremely harsh treatment. Many were detained for weeks or months without charge or after a judge ordered them released. Of the detainees for whom such information was obtainable, nearly 52 percent were subject to an “FBI hold,” keeping them detained after a judge released them or ordered them removed from the United States. More than 42 percent of detainees were deprived of the opportunity to post bond.

 

[1] Muzaffar Chishti Testimony United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary America after 9/11: Freedom Preserved or Freedom Lost? November 18, 2003

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