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Refugee Crisis at the Border

Pakistani Refugees Leave U.S. By Way of Plattsburgh

Hundreds of Pakistani refugees are traveling through the North Country, on their way to the Canadian border. Some have lived in the US for years. But now the Bush Administration wants Pakistani men and other Muslims who aren't American citizens to register with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. As Brian Mann reports, many are choosing to flee instead, traveling through Plattsburgh to reach Canada's border.  Go to full article

Border Crisis: Pakistani Refugees Arrested, Families Divided

Pakistanis are continuing to flee the U.S., crossing the border north of Plattsburgh. Frightened by a new policy that requires Pakistani men to register with the U.S. government, the families are seeking asylum in Canada. Overwhelmed by hundreds of refugees, the Canadian government has begun sending people back. As Brian Mann reports, dozens of Pakistani men have been detained on immigration charges, leaving their wives and children in limbo.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh: Flow of Pakistanis Slows, Detainments Continue

The flow of Pakistani refugees reaching the Canadian border north of Plattsburgh slowed over the weekend. Roughly fifty asylum seekers remain in shelters in Burlington and Plattsburgh. As Brian Mann reports, the US Immigration Service continues to detain Pakistani men, as they attempt to flee the country with their families.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh: Pakistani Border Crisis Simmers As Deadline Passes

Today is the deadline for thousands of Pakistanis and Saudis living in the U-S, who are required to register with the Federal government. Officials with the Department of...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Refugee Shelter In Fight With County

Officials in Clinton County want a Plattsburgh refugee shelter to apply for a health permit normally required for motel operators. The Salvation Army church - which runs the...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Refugee Shelter Closes Doors

The Salvation Army church in Plattsburgh announced on Friday that it will no longer offer assistance to refugee families trying to reach Canada. The move follows a dispute...  Go to full article

 
The following series of stories by Brian Mann won second place in the Continuing Coverage category in the 2004 awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc.