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Administration's New Asylum Policy Comes Under Fire

The Bush administration’s decision to begin detaining asylum seekers from Iraq and 33 other countries where Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups have operated met with harsh criticism today from civil liberties groups and immigration lawyers. The administration said the policy, announced on Monday as one of a number of counterterrorism measures imposed in anticipation of a war with Iraq, should affect fewer than 600 immigrants a year, most of them Iraqi. But civil liberties groups and immigration-law specialists said the wording of the administration’s announcement was so broad that it could ultimately require the imprisonment of thousands of asylum seekers, including Iraqis persecuted and even tortured by the government of Saddam Hussein. Full Story

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