Pakistani Immigrant Detained in N.Y.C. Deported
.c The Associated Press
HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) - Immigration authorities have deported a Pakistani
immigrant who was detained after snapping photos of a reservoir during the jittery
weeks after the 2001 terror attacks.
Ansar Mahmood, 27, a former pizza deliveryman, called a supporter Thursday
night to say he was at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City
and getting ready to board a plane for Pakistan.
Mahmood raised suspicions when he was seen taking a photograph near a
reservoir in upstate New York just weeks after Sept. 11, 2001. While no
terror-related charges were filed against him, investigators discovered that he co-signed
an apartment lease and registered a car for a Pakistani couple with expired
Mahmood was convicted in January 2002 of harboring illegal immigrants and
later ordered sent back to Pakistan. He was released from the Buffalo Federal
Detention Center on Thursday.
Within hours, Susan Davies of the Ansar Mahmood Defense Committee said she
received a phone call from Mahmood at the airport.
08/13/04 06:49 EDT
Also at the US-Mexico Border..
New laws tighten borders
Homeland Security will speed up some deportations, prolong Mexicans' legal
August 11, 2004
WASHINGTON -- The day before President Bush was to campaign in Arizona and
New Mexico, the Homeland Security Department announced it would hasten
deportations of illegal immigrants who are not Mexican or Canadian citizens.
The department also said it would grant legal Mexican visitors up to one
month, rather than just three days, to visit or do business in U.S. communities
close to the southern border.
Both changes will take effect immediately after the new rules are published
in the Federal Register this week, said Asa Hutchinson, the department's
undersecretary for border and transportation security.
"There is a concern that as we tighten the security of our ports of entry
through biometric checks there will be more effort made by terrorists through our
vast land borders," Hutchinson said. "We recognize we have to secure those."
Bush was to make a campaign swing today through Arizona and New Mexico, two
battleground states in the presidential election. Hutchinson said the
announcement was not timed to coincide with the visit.
The president had made immigration reform a priority but put it on the back
burner after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
"In terms of reforming immigration policy, this is very small potatoes," said
Gordon Hanson, economics professor at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at
University of California, San Diego. "You are not doing anything to affect the
legal status of the roughly 5 million Mexicans in the United States without a
green card. I don't think this is for Mexico. I think this is for Hispanic
voters of the United States. I think this is for Arizona and New Mexico."
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