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US threatens mass expulsions

More than 13,000 Arab and Muslim men in the US are facing deportation after co-operating with post-11 September anti-terror measures, it has been revealed. They are among 82,000 adult males who obeyed a government demand to register with the immigration service earlier this year, on the grounds they come from 25 mainly Muslim countries said to harbour terror groups. Only 11 of those who registered, and of the tens of thousands more screened at airports and border crossings, have been found to have links with terrorism. The vast bulk of those facing deportation proceedings were found to have lapses in their immigration status. By co-operating fully with the demand to register, many had hoped to be treated leniently. But the immigration service – which faced a backlash after several of the 11 September hijackers were found to have been in the country illegally – says enforcement is now a top priority. Correspondents say families in immigrant communities have already started packing up to leave the country, while others are simply going underground. Full Story

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