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Policy Altered on Terrorism Detentions

Immigrants detained in terrorism investigations can no longer be held indefinitely without evidence, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday, announcing a new policy to prevent abuses of authority. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, hundreds of men — mainly from the Middle East — were arrested because of alleged minor immigration violations and jailed for months, some under harsh conditions. Widespread complaints from detainees, their relatives and civil rights groups prompted an investigation by the Justice Department inspector general’s office. Last summer, that office issued a report criticizing the government for failing to uphold basic standards of due process, including physical abuse and mistreatment at a federal facility in Brooklyn, N.Y. Full Story

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