Law Enforcement Reassures Arab Community

Law Enforcement Reassures Arab Community

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The state attorney general and F-B-I don't plan on using powers granted by a new order from Attorney General John Ashcroft that gives the F-B-I power to arrest people for immigration violations if they pose a wartime threat.

Instead, Utah F-B-I agents are knocking on doors, passing out business cards and reassuring Arab Americans that they will be protected from any retaliation or hate crimes.

The Utah A-C-L-U is concentrating on a possible governmental backlash against Iraqi nationals. It is preparing a flier with phone numbers for lawyers who will accompany Iraqis to police questioning.

But F-B-I spokesman George Dougherty says F-B-I agents in Utah aren't detaining anyone related to the Ashcroft order.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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