Publication Date

2004

Abstract

he focus of this study is the United States government's National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program and its impact on upon a Pakistani community in the U.S. This study explores the origins of the policy and examines the explicit policy actions and implicit policy ramifications that have an impact on the personal lives of people within this predominantly Muslim community. The detail of the policy and the presented data demonstrate that the U.S. government has inappropriately implemented the program by targeting selected communities under the name of national security. In-depth face-to-face interview were used to collect information from three Pakistani male citizens living in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. All of them were subjects to call-in special registration, a part of the NSEERS program, which requires subjects to be fingerprinted at photographed at the designated immigration offices. An important member of the Pakistani American Business Association (PABA) also joined in the data collection in order to see perspectives and movements against the policy implementation. Professionals in the field of U.S. immigration law, international and intercultural relation and international education will find the data useful. International student advisors at U.S. educational institutions and immigration lawyers can also use the information to better understand and assist their students and clients.

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