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Judge makes public a directive to detain Iranians at the border that CBP earlier said was false

Judge makes public a directive to detain Iranians at the border that CBP earlier said was false
U.S. Customs and Border Protection documents released Tuesday show officers were directed to detain all people of Iranian decent, including U.S. citizens, attempting to enter the U.S. last January at several ports of entry, including the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine, Wash.

"The Court's order makes clear that the government unlawfully sought to conceal illegal conduct, as the directive unlawfully targeted individuals based solely on their national origin," rights project Legal Director Matt Adams said in the release."The government previously refused to confirm the leaked directive, but now they were forced to confirm the directive exists and its release makes absolutely clear it targeted people based solely on their national origin.3-4 more than 250 people were referred for secondary inspection bases on their national origin." Later emails instructed the Seattle Field Office to stop discriminating based on national origin, the release states.

"The Constitution makes clear that discrimination based on national origin like this is unlawful," Adams said in the Nov.29, by the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Washington and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in a release following an order by the U.

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