Dear Mr. Farquharson:

November 9, 2002

Dear Mr. Farquharson,

The purpose of this letter is to request that you personally and immediately review the case of Mr. Amer Jubran of Cumberland, Rhode Island who has been held, since November 4, without bail or bond, in the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston, R.I. on an INS complaint.

I have known Mr. Jubran very well for over 12 years, and I know that he is a responsible and law-abiding citizen. He is also a prominent and articulate spokesperson for human rights and Palestinian rights. It is patently obvious that the offense with which the INS has charged Mr. Jubran is neither accurate nor serious enough to warrant his being arrested and held without bail or bond. It does appear that Mr. Jubran’s arrest, which was carried out by both INS and FBI agents, is an attempt to suppress his activities of advocating for human rights and Palestinian rights. It also appears that Mr. Jubran’s Palestinian and Arab identity are among the reasons that he was arrested.

As a citizen and taxpayer of the United States, I strongly object to the misuse of federal resources and power to intimidate, arrest and detain individuals such as Mr. Jubran, who are not criminals, and to hold to them for extended periods of time without even scheduling a bond hearing. This practice, which is, unfortunately, becoming quite common for the INS, is a serious violation of civil and human rights for which I hold you personally responsible. It is also a waste of federal resources.

If, after reviewing this case, you believe that the INS has a serious and legitimate case against Mr. Jubran, it is your responsibility to schedule a bond hearing for him immediately. If there is no justification for his arrest, which I firmly believe to be the case, it is your responsibility to release Mr. Jubran immediately.

Please forward to me at the earliest possible time the results of your review of this case along with an explanation of why you have allowed the prolonged detention of Mr. Jubran without insuring that a bond hearing be set.

Sincerely,

Dr. Donna M. Joss, Ed.D.
Professor, Worcester State College

Cc: Commissioner James W. Ziglar, Immigration and Naturalization Service, 425 I Street, N.W. Washington, D.C.

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