Sometimes the ACLU does good, sometimes it does bad. For instance, read this article: Hundreds of Muslim Immigrants Rounded Up in Calif.:
The head of the southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (news - web sites) compared the arrests to the internment of Japanese Americans in camps during the Second World War.
"I think it is shocking what is happening. It is reminiscent of what happened in the past with the internment of Japanese Americans. We are getting a lot of telephone calls from people. We are hearing that people went down wanting to cooperate and then they were detained," said Ramona Ripston, the ACLU's executive director
Actually, Ramona, things aren't as evil as you might want to portray them. Away down in Paragraph 14 of the article, we learn "INS spokesman Arcaute said those arrested had violated immigration laws, overstayed their visas, or were wanted for crimes."
So, unlike the Japanese-American citizens who were interned, the guys who are being arrested now are not only non-citizens, they've also broken one or more of our laws. Quite a huge difference.
If their rights are being violated, then by all means complain. But, don't complain (a.k.a. whine) just because the INS is doing its job.
Islamic community leaders said many of the detainees had been living, working and paying taxes in the United States for five or 10 years, and had families here.
Apparently then we need better education of immigrants to let them know that they can't just settle here in contravention to our laws.
The Iranian protesters said many of those detained were victims of official delays in processing visa and green card requests.
Evidence? Have you appealed? Filed a complaint of some kind?
Terrorism · Thu, 12/19/2002 - 11:24 · Importance: 1