Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Feds Detain City Arabs.(Journal North)

Byline: Jeremy Pawloski Journal Staff Writer

Jewelry Store Swarmed in Immigration Probe

Federal agents swarmed a Santa Fe jewelry store on the Plaza on Tuesday morning, but no one there would speak publicly about what was going on or why the store was closed.

Federal authorities later confirmed that several individuals were being questioned about their immigration status.

Sam Ghazzawi, a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent who has lived in Santa Fe for 15 years, said about seven or eight men, "all Arabs and Muslims," had been detained by federal agents at different shops and jewelry stores on the Plaza.

"After September 11, we know we're being targeted as Arabs and Muslims," Ghazzawi said. …

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