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An Iraqi-American man tried to deposit a large check. Police arrested his whole family.

An entire Iraqi-American family was arrested in Wichita, Kansas, after the father tried to deposit a large check from the sale of their home. Sattar Ali supplied verification documents while depositing the $151,000 check, but bank officials had him arrested and handcuffed. Police also detained his weeping wife, 15-year-old daughter, and 11-year-old son. "I would expect this in the 1950s," said Ali, an engineer who moved to the U.S. in 1993, "not now."