Busting Immigrants


A few hundred Middle Eastern men and boys were arrested after showing up at INS offices in California to register themselves.

In the spirit of open government, the INS "refused Wednesday to say how many people the agency had detained, what the specific charges were or how many were still being held." (Presumably, those arrested checked "yes" in response to the question "Are you a member of Al Qaeda?")

In one case, a 16-year old was reportedly busted in front of his pregnant mother, who was told her kid would never be coming home. Here's more.

Since 9/11, anti-immigrant activists and pundits have been pushing hard to seal up the borders and crackdown on people living here illegally. And they're probably smiling today. But they need to explain how rounding up peaceful, hardworking immigrants protects us from terrorism.