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CROSSING BORDER IS HARDER IN OUR POST-9/11 WORLD

Udi Ofer, an attorney with the New York Civil Liberties Union, was quoted in the April 21 News. His remarks comparing the detention of Muslim-Americans at the Canadian border after attending a religious gathering in Toronto to a possible similar detention of Catholics returning from Rome is ludicrous at best and disingenuous at worst. For one, the very thought of the ACLU being concerned about the rights of Catholics or Christianity in general is difficult to entertain for long.

Second, people have always been detained and questioned at the border for various reasons. Leaving and re-entering the country at the Canadian border these days can no longer be taken for granted as it used to be. If Catholic fanatics declared a terrorist war on the United States, I would expect similar problems at the border for Catholics returning from Rome as those experienced by the Muslims in question.

Rev. Angelo M. Chimera

Buffalo