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Taken Questions
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 6, 2003
Question Taken at October 6, 2003 Daily Press Briefing

U.S. Views Concerning Syrian Release of Mr. Maher Arar (Taken Question)

2003/1015

Question:   Do you have any comment on the Syrian government’s release of Maher Arar?

Answer:   Mr. Maher Arar was detained in New York on September 26, 2002 by United States immigration and law enforcement authorities after his name appeared on an immigration watch list. He was subsequently refused entry into the United States under Section 235C of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act based on information in the possession of United States law enforcement officials. United States immigration law gives the Attorney General the discretion to deport an alien to the country in which he was born.

Released on October 6, 2003

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