The Department of Homeland Security was created shortly after the September 11 attacks, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement grew out of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. ICE raids and immigration detention have now become commonplace. Many laws and practices were sharpened in the years post-9/11 when DHS was flush with cash.
The creation of the U.S. national security apparatus after 9/11 had lasting implications for immigrants across the U.S., but they were felt most acutely in New York and northern New Jersey. Federal agents descended on neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, rounding up hundreds of Muslim residents and detaining them in prisons and jails in the regions. In lawsuits, those New Yorkers often describe facing torture techniques similar to those that were revealed during later controversies around Abu Ghraib prison and Guantánamo Bay.
In this panel, Documented and The Intercept will examine this legacy through a lively conversation between Azmat Khan, an award-winning investigative journalist and the director of the newly established Simon and June Li Center for Global Journalism at Columbia University, and four experts on national security and immigration. The panelists include:
Mohammad Razvi - Executive director and founder of the Council of Peoples Organization, or COPO
Murtaza Hussain - Intercept reporter who focuses on national security and foreign policy.
Asad Dandia - Co-founder of Muslims Giving Back and a plaintiff in Raza v. City of New York
Naz Ahmad - Staff attorney with the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility, or CLEAR, project