Secret Trials and Deportations

Faisal Ghori : History

Mentor: Kiren Chaudhry, Political Science

Faisal will examine the changes made to Immigration and Naturalization Service statutes following September 11, 2001, focusing on the ways these changes targeted Pakistani immigrants, who were often detained for months and then were summarily deported. His project hopes to shed light upon the legalistic basis for this treatment of Pakistani immigrants, and its effects upon them. In order to assess the extent of the changes to INS policies -- when, why, and how they took place -- Faisal will first be working closely with the Migration Policy Institute at NYU Law School, and with the American Civil Liberties Union. He will then travel to Pakistan to interview Pakistani immigrants who were deported following the changes to INS codes, in order to determine their treatment and explore their understandings of why they were deported. His research will be presented as his senior honor’s thesis in history.