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Pakistanis queue to leave US

Hundreds of Pakistanis are seeking asylum in Canada rather than registering with the US under its controversial anti-terrorist laws. The Special Registration Programme, as it is known, affects all temporary resident adult males from 25 mainly Muslim countries. The deadline for Pakistanis to register expires on Friday, but many are too afraid to register and are leaving the US instead. Many have been living illegally in the US for years – for instance, on tourist visas which have long since expired. These include families who, for the most part, have lived quiet, undisturbed lives but who do not have proper residency papers. At one of the border crossings into Canada, there are now some 800 Pakistanis in makeshift accommodation, waiting for the Canadian Government to let them in. Full Story

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