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Nadif Suleman (a pseudonym) is a US citizen of Somali ancestry and a taxi driver. He has family members in Yemen whom he visits once or twice a year. Every time he comes back into the US, he is questioned at length and held for three or more hours. 

At Logan International Airport he has been asked: What mosque do you attend in Yemen? What is the name of the imam there? What do your children learn in school? What mosque do you go to in Boston? Why do you live so close to the mosque? Who is the imam there? What are the tribes in Somalia? Are you an Islamic scholar?

When he was once in Yemen, FBI officers came to his apartment in Boston. They showed his picture to his roommates and asked them about him. The roommates then called him and told him the FBI was after him. “It made me feel like I was a wanted guy.”

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