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August 14, 2006



I too am a proud American, but I'm somewhat more pessimistic than you. I am concerned about the disappeared (http://www.disappearedinamerica.org/), for whom we have no record. I'm also concerned about the application of immigration laws towards Muslim immigrants, legal and otherwise, disproportionately sending them back to their home countries, or holding them indefinitely.

Mona Eltahawy


How ironic! You whisked through security and I, for the first time, was profiled at Kennedy upon arrival on Aug. 15. I was taken in for questioning - including "Have you ever received military training?" - and had all my bags searched.

The Homeland Security officer told me all Egyptians - and I'm assuming other nationalities as well as Muslims too - are being subjected to this extra security when they enter the U.S. I am a permanent resident but my Egyptian passport earned me the profiling.

I will write more about this but I wanted to say how ironic!



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