A federal judge in New Jersey is among those questioning the way the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is using a rule written to fight terrorism. The regulation -- enacted to enable the detention of people suspected of ties to al-Qaida -- has arisen in dozens of cases around the country, say attorneys, who charge that national security programs are being used on everyday criminals. Judge Faith Hochberg says the rule "may be an abuse" of civil rights.
Jailing of Immigrants Triggers Litigation
New Jersey Law Journal
January 22, 2004