The U.S. government is putting in place new arrangements with Middle Eastern countries so that it can deport Palestinians detained in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Last week, a group of Palestinians was flown to Egypt and then taken over land to the Gaza Strip. Lawyers for the deportees and civil rights groups are protesting the move. NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports that until now, the United States has been unable to deport many Palestinians, because they have been considered "stateless."
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