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U.S. Anti-Terrorism Tactic: Immigration

Majed Hajbeh was in his stocking feet when the war on terrorism came calling. It was a rare morning off for the engineering technician, a lazy Thursday in a suburban Virginia neighborhood of red-brick townhouses and gently flowering Bradford pear trees. And then came the rap on the door. Agents from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security were on the stoop of the Woodbridge home. Hajbeh, 41, black-eyed and bearded, agreed to let them search it. Several hours later, they drove off clutching a sheaf of documents related to his immigration in 1992. Today, nearly 10 months after that raid, Hajbeh sits in an orange jumpsuit in Piedmont Regional Jail near Lynchburg. He is facing a routine immigration charge: falsely portraying himself as a single man in order to qualify for legal U.S. residency. But if he is sent back to his native Jordan, he faces a life sentence. And that is precisely why U.S. authorities are so eager to get rid of him. According to court testimony, the agents drove to Hajbeh’s townhouse June 9 after making an alarming discovery: He had been convicted in 1999 for a series of bomb attacks in Jordan. Full Story

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