“Flying while Muslim” 2015

By Mary Kay Diakite, LMSW

As I listen to the current political rhetoric, I am immediately reminded of the policies that were enacted under former President George W. Bush Post 9/11.  My work at the time was doing outreach in Arab, Muslim and South Asian communities.  In 2002, the NSEERS (National Security Entry Exit Registration System) program was established.  Men, of a certain age from a list of 22 countries, were asked to voluntarily register with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).  Both port of entry and domestic registration took place.  By 2003, more than 100,000 men had voluntarily registered to show their patriotism and support for their country, the United States.  This led to mass secret detentions and mass secret deportations.  

Here is the list countries:  Group 1: Iraq, Iran, Lybia, Sudan, Syria.  Group 2: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Lebanon, Eritrea, Morocco, North Korea, OMar, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.  Group 3:  Pakistan, Saudi Arabia.  Group 4:  Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait.

If you’re confused as to why North Korea is listed, remember, they were part of the Axis of Evil.  And they serve to disprove anyone who might be thinking that the US was targeting Muslims. 

I wrote an article outlining the wide array of Anti-terror and Anti-immigrant legislations that were implemented Post 9/11.  The article also includes interviews I conducted with Muslims in New Jersey at that time.  

If you are interested and would like to know more, here is a link to the article: Flying while Muslim: An Exploratory Study of Muslim Communities in Northern New Jersey Post 9/11 » Socmag

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