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ADL Urges Los Angeles I.N.S. to Ensure Compliance With Civil Rights Laws

Los Angeles, CA, December 20, 2002... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed concern regarding the detention and alleged mistreatment of Middle Eastern men and boys in Los Angeles by federal immigration officials. The League urged the Immigration and Naturalization Service to ensure compliance with civil rights laws and to disclose the procedures used in the detention of these men and boys.

Amanda Susskind, ADL Pacific Southwest Regional Director, issued the following statement:
    We do not question the right of the INS to investigate expired visas or other immigration law violations.

    However, the allegations of discrimination and human rights violations raised in this case warrant immediate, thorough, and open investigation.
ADL was the first national Jewish civil rights group to denounce the rash of hate crimes against Muslims and those perceived to be of Middle Eastern descent in the aftermath of September 11. The League stands in unity with members of the Muslim community in expressing deep concern about the perpetuation of Muslim and Middle Eastern stereotypes.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.



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