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Voices of Opposition Have Kept Fundamentals of Immigration Policy Afloat Post-9/11

The fundamentals of immigration policy and the United States' commitment to continuing to be a nation of immigrants have been upheld post-9/11 through substantial voices of opposition, said Doris Meissner, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace at the fifth discussion in the 2002 Reuters Forums on Global Economics, presented by the Graduate School of Journalism. Meissner said while "we have been forced to confront immigration as a phenomenon in our society that has very substantial security dimensions," there has been no immigration backlash. Ziad Asali, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, argued that in an effort to promote homeland security, the United States government has drifted toward an ethic of discrimination in law enforcement and immigration policies, as evidenced by secret detentions, new visa screening procedures and other practices.

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Published: Apr 22, 2002
Last modified:Sep 18, 2002


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