US Unfair to Muslims, Group Says

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:22 PM EDT

( - The Department of Homeland Security is unfairly targeting Muslims, an Islamic civil rights group says, and on Monday, the group will host an "emergency town hall meeting" to discuss the situation.

The Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has invited speakers from the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, FBI, and Justice Department to address the gathering.

Local attorneys and relatives of people detained by immigration authorities also will speak.

According to CAIR-LA, over the last few months, several Muslim religious leaders in California have been detained on minor immigration infractions and have been denied bail. According to their attorneys, the detained individuals have been in the country legally and have filed all necessary documents to maintain their status.

Dozens of harassment complaints also have been filed by American Muslim travelers. CAIR-LA said the incidents include being unable to remove their names from the 'No Fly List,' repeated stops and interrogations at airports, exclusion from entry to the United States, and revocation of visas for no stated reason.

"While we are all in full support of securing our nation and its borders, we believe the selective application of the law only reinforces the widespread perception that government officials are targeting Islam and Muslims," said Sabiha Khan, communications director CAIR-LA.

The Monday evening meeting in southern California is being organized by the following groups: CAIR-LA; The Southern California Civil Rights Coalition (CRC); Islamic Shura Council of Southern California;Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); Free Imam Wagdy Committee (FIWC); Airman Halabi Justice Committee (AHJC); National Lawyers Guild (NLG); League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) - Orange County Chapter; Los Amigos of Orange County; Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA); and South Asian Network (SAN).

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