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High Court Rejects Muslim Leader's Case

The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal from a longtime Muslim leader in Chicago who was labeled a security risk and barred from re-entering the United States last year. Sabri Samirah, head of the United Muslim American Association, wanted the high court to allow him to return from his native Jordan, at least temporarily. Samirah is contesting U.S. authorities’ decision to turn him away as he attempted to return to the country after a visit to his ailing mother. Samirah had lived in the United States for 15 years before he was barred from entering in January 2003. He is a Jordanian citizen whose wife is employed in the United States, and the couple have three children who are U.S. citizens. Federal officials have not specified why they consider Samirah a threat, but Samirah has pointed to his work to increase Muslim political participation. Neither his court filing nor one filed by the Bush administration detailed the alleged security threat or linked it to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attacks and the increased scrutiny of Middle Easterners that followed. Full Story

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