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[Congressional Record: September 24, 2002 (House)]
[Page H6549-H6556]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:cr24se02-80]                         

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Mr. OWENS. 

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  So let us wage peace by getting closer to Pakistan, by embracing 
Pakistan. We have given the Pakistani-American population a very 
difficult time here in this country. They have rounded them up. A lot 
of Pakistanis have been put in detention as a result of immigration 
problems, and they have been treated as if they are enemies of the 
people.
  Not a single Pakistani has been identified at this point as a 
terrorist. They have not found a single Pakistani terrorist. They have 
found some al-Qaeda people in Pakistan, but they are not Pakistani. 
They have found no Pakistani-American who was involved in any way with 
money laundering or any aspect of terrorism; yet, the Pakistani 
community in America is under great pressure right now.
  We should embrace them, instead. We should wage peace by 
understanding who our allies are and by rewarding our allies, by 
appreciating our allies. I think we ought to have some kind of amnesty 
for the Pakistani-Americans who have problems with immigration.

                              {time}  2320

  I think we ought to show some sort of special concern with respect to 
exchange students from Pakistan. We ought to go all out. Pakistan is 
not the largest Muslim nation; Indonesia is. Indonesia has more Muslims 
than Pakistan. Pakistan is in a transitional situation where it is 
receptive. Their graduate students, students of science and 
engineering, come here. I am certain the nuclear scientists who created 
the nuclear bomb in Pakistan went to American universities. We know who 
some of them are. They have the nuclear weapons capability now, 
Pakistan.
  The great danger is that if we do not embrace them, if we do not prop 
them up, if we are not capable of waging the

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