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Cross-Post: Immigration Officer Forwards Racially Charged Email to Muslim-American Lawyer

Imagine 2050 Staff • Oct 16, 2011

Published by the Great Falls Tribune on October 8th 2011. By John S. Adams.

HELENA — Shahid Haque-Hausrath sat down at his computer on the morning of Sept. 28 and, as he does at the start of most work days, began reading his email.

In his inbox that morning was an email from the state’s top U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement official, Bruce Norum.

Haque-Hausrath is an immigration attorney who often deals with ICE on immigration and deportation cases, so he wasn’t necessarily surprised to see an email from Norum, the supervisory detention and deportation officer for Montana.

Haque-Hausrath said he was somewhat perplexed by the email’s subject line: “FW: This AA Pilot tells it like it is …”

In the body of the email Norum simply wrote “Good read” ahead of a forwarded message.

When Haque-Hausrath read the contents that followed Norum’s apparent recommendation, his curiosity turned to stunned amazement.

The forwarded message contained a lengthy, racially charged essay that appeared to be a rebuttal to the idea that Arabs and Muslims deserve the same protection under the law against racial profiling and discrimination as other citizens.

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