IamA Pakistani American that was interrogated/jailed by the US government along with 85K+ other Muslims due to the Patriot ACT, post 9/11. AMA!
In 2002/2003, due to a stipulation in the Patriot ACT, many Muslims in America were required to register with the US government, myself included. A large amount were arrested/detained, many were deported. Due to the big fiasco in the last couple of weeks regarding Jews in Ukraine, I figured it would be a good opportunity to inform others about what our own government did a short while back. I have written an entire piece on the topic with the link provided below.
- My articles/blogs on the topic. Part 1: Russia Registers Jews, America Registers Muslims, Part 2: The Night in Jail, AMA Recap: reddit Shredded
- Proof of identity - Twitter
- Proof of arrest
- Proof of bond/bail
- Unfortunately I can't find many articles from news sources about the topic because this was all done under the radar at it practically went unreported. Here are some I could find: Article 1, Article 2, Article 3, Article 4
- If any other information is needed, please let me know.
I’ve previously done an IamA on becoming a citizen and it has a few tidbits about this situation, but I will be going more in depth about the topic since it’s much more relevant now. I do suggest to read my article/blog on the topic as it’ll give you some background. Unfortunately I won’t be able to complete the 2nd part of the piece till next week, so I will update here with the link once that is complete.
UPDATE 6:53pm ET: Thanks everyone for joining in and asking questions. I hope I've done a good job informing you and that it's lit a flame that can help us improve our policies in the future!
UPDATE May 1 9:48am ET: A few users pointed out that I did not specify that I was an illegal immigrant at the time of the arrest in the description/title itself. I posted all articles from myself and other sources that did contain this information and was available for everyone to read. I tried to do my due diligence prior to posting to ensure I was covering every piece, but I can understand that a reader may take it as an implication that I (and 85K other people) were citizens and in hindsight I should've been more descriptive about the situation within the original post itself. I received my green card in 2006, and am now a citizen. I also do feel that the Patriot ACT endangers the rights of Americans, even if you believe that the stipulation of singling out an entire race of immigrants was fair and just. My purpose was to get this information out there. Thank you for time!
UPDATE June 11 1:35pm ET: Attaching links to Part 2 of the blog regarding the topic as well as my recap regarding the AMA and the responses. Thanks.