US Judge halts deportation of 2 Palestinians

An immigration judge ordered the federal government Tuesday to halt its 20-year effort to deport a pair of Palestinian men accused of terrorist ties. Los Angeles Immigration Judge Bruce J. Einhorn ruled the government had denied Khader Hamide and Michel Shehadeh, members of the so-called "L.A. Eight," due process by keeping them in legal limbo for so many years and being unprepared to prosecute the case. In his 11-page opinion, Einhorn described the proceedings as "a festering wound on the body of respondents and an embarrassment to the rule of law." The two, along with five other Palestinians and a Kenyan, faced deportation since 1987, when they were arrested for alleged associations with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.