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New Movie: Out of Status

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Just saw the NY Times review of a new movie documenting the struggles of Muslims in American post-9/11.

Focusing on the experiences of four Muslim families between January 2003 and July 2005, the film portrays the immigration services (the I.N.S. was dissolved in 2003 and absorbed into the Department of Homeland Security) as a “uniquely dysfunctional” bureaucracy whose actions were motivated less by effectiveness than by the desire to appear proactive.

Many Muslims of unresolved status were forcibly removed from their homes and deported, like the Egyptian citizen Akram Said, whose application for political asylum had been denied but who had received no notification to leave the country, according to his wife, Carma, and an immigration lawyer, Robert Kuhnreich. Others fled to an overcrowded refugee shelter in Buffalo, hoping to enter Canada.

Let us know if you’ve had a chance to see the movie and what your thoughts are…

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