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Immigrant Rights Groups Prepare for a Fourth Round of Mass Deportation of Pakistani Detainees

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Another mass deportation of Pakistani detainees is imminent. This according to the Brooklyn-based immigrant rights group Coney Island Avenue Project.

There have been three other mass deportations so far. In November, 87 Pakistanis were deported from Buffalo, New York. 95 were deported in August and 131 were deported in June.

The secret, mass deportations have taken place in the middle of the night when family members and immigrant rights activists are unable to be at the detention centers to help the detainees.

Families have been ripped apart by the deportations. Witnesses who insisted on anonymity told United Press International in August that many of the deportees were married to U.S. citizens. They were forced to leave their spouses and children behind.

Very few newspapers have picked up the story.

We’re joined right now by Bobby Khan, director of the Coney Island Avenue Project.

  • Bobby Khan, director of the Coney Island Avenue project and long-time Pakistani immigrant rights advocate

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