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U.S. Report Faults the Roundup of Illegal Immigrants After 9/11

The Justice Department’s roundup of hundreds of illegal immigrants in the months after the Sept. 11 attacks was plagued with “significant problems” that forced many people with no connection to terrorism to languish in jails in unduly harsh conditions, an internal report released today found. The highly critical report from the Justice Department’s inspector general concluded that F.B.I. officials, particularly in New York City, “made little attempt to distinguish” between immigrants who had possible ties to terrorism and those swept up by chance in the investigation. [Text of the report is linked at the right.] Justice Department officials said they believed they had acted within the law in pursuing terrorist suspects. “We make no apologies for finding every legal way possible to protect the American public from further terrorist attacks,” said Barbara Comstock, a spokeswoman for the department. Full Story

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