The Great Airport Fire-Off


| October 21, 2002


The Great Airport Fire-Off, Michael Flaherty, The Nation
In accordance with a recent congressional mandate, immigrants in the United States are no longer allowed to work as airport security screeners, meaning that an estimated 8,000 immigrant workers will be removed from their posts by November 19. As Michael Flaherty writes in The Nation, not only is this mandate unfair to immigrants, it also could create a serious threat to airport security - because the new workers will receive only a very brief training. To view the matter in perspective, it seems absurd, Flaherty writes, that 'immigrants can join the military (no citizenship required) but not scan sneakers at airline security posts.'
--Erica Sagrans
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