We Are All Suspects Now: Untold Stories from Immigrant America After 9/11

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In an ironic reversal of the American dream, a staggering 20,000 members of the immigrant community of Midwood, Brooklyn (known as Little Pakistan), voluntarily left the United States after 9/11. Tram Nguyen reveals the human cost of the domestic war on terror and examines the impact of post-9/11 policies on people targeted because of immigration status, nationality, race, and religion. Nguyen's evocative narrative reporting-about the families, detainees, local leaders, community advocates, and others living on ...
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Overview

In an ironic reversal of the American dream, a staggering 20,000 members of the immigrant community of Midwood, Brooklyn (known as Little Pakistan), voluntarily left the United States after 9/11. Tram Nguyen reveals the human cost of the domestic war on terror and examines the impact of post-9/11 policies on people targeted because of immigration status, nationality, race, and religion. Nguyen's evocative narrative reporting-about the families, detainees, local leaders, community advocates, and others living on the front lines-tells the stories of people who witnessed and experienced firsthand the unjust detainment or deportation of family members, friends, and neighbors.

Tram Nguyen reveals the human cost of the domestic war on terror and examines the impact of post-9/11 policies on people targeted because of immigration status, nationality, and religion. Nguyen's evocative narrative reporting-about the families, detainees, local leaders, community advocates, and others-is from those living and suffering on the front lines. We meet Mohammad Butt, who died in detention in New Jersey, and the Saleems, who flee Queens for Canada. We even follow a self-proclaimed'citizen patroller' who monitors and detains immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border.

We Are All Suspects Now, in the words of Mike Davis, "takes us inside a dark world . . . where the American Dream is fast turning into a nightmare and suggests proactive responses to stop our growing climate of xenophobia, intimidation, and discrimination.

"In the fall of 2004, I, too, suffered a devastating Department of Homeland Security-related loss, joining the post-9/11 suspect community in a way I had never expected or imagined . . . We are indeed, all of us, suspects."--from the Foreword by Edwidge Danticat

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807004616
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 1,000,220
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Tram Nguyen is the author of We Are All Suspects Now: Untold Stories from Immigrant Communities after 9/11. She lives in Oakland, California.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Becoming suspects : Brooklyn and New Jersey 1
Ch. 2 Separated by deportation : Minneapolis 20
Ch. 3 Turning in for registration : Chicago 45
Ch. 4 The new racial profiling : Los Angeles 72
Ch. 5 Crisis at the border : Arizona 91
Ch. 6 In search of asylum : Canada 113
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