For more information about what you can do to oppose these immoral INS detentions, please visit the Arab American Institute's website. Write your politicians. Spread the word about these arrests and help get the media and the American people to stand up and take notice.
That this is only the first round of detentions - more are scheduled for early January, with still further detentions in February. We could be talking about the detentions of thousands of American citizens, held indefinitely in concentration camps without charges. Many of these detainees are perfectly legal immigrants who have problems with their paperwork, in many cases, problems that the INS themselves created.
This is literally an act that seperates mothers from sons, fathers from their families. It is every bit as disturbing and ugly as the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and will, in retrospect, be seen as one of the ugliest aspects of this "war on terrorism". Do not let U.S. history's darkest days repeat themselves. Do not let this continue in silence.
There are no widespread nationwide protests that I am aware of yet, but if you are in the Los Angeles area, protest alongside your fellow citizens at the INS offices - don't let people forget those who have been arrested, who have no names, and who cannot speak for themselves anymore.