They also would ban sliding doors in the front, which is an increasingly popular feature among Arab-Americans who live in the eastern section of Dearborn. Some residents who have elaborate garages say their rights are being violated. Were not causing any problems, said Muheeb Nabulsy, a Dearborn resident of Arab descent with a garage that has a sliding door in front. This is discrimination. Nabulsy said he supports cracking down on people who install gas lines and cook in their garages. Anything that causes danger should be banned, he said at the meeting. But he said he should be allowed to sleep in his garage and have a sliding door in front, which he currently does. I fight with my wife, I sleep in the garage, he said. He added that he liked America for its freedoms, which he said were under attack by the citys proposed restrictions. We chose this country because we have rights, said Nabulsy, who immigrated to the U.S. from the Middle East. Nabulsy said that residents who complain about the type of garage he has are jealous because they cannot afford to have such a nice garage. Even if the city approves the restrictions, I will not remove my front sliding door, Nabulsy said. But other residents as well as planning commissioners including those of Arab descent defended the proposed changes, saying that ethnicity is not an issue. They note that the proposed changes will allow sliding doors on the back and side of the garages, just not in the front. Allowing such doors in the front makes it difficult to park cars in the garages, which can lead to more parking on the street, making it hard for the city to clean streets and maneuver emergency vehicles. This is the land of the free … not the land of creating chaos, said planning commissioner Tawfiq Hassan, who is Arab American and supports the citys restrictions. Marium Wilke, president of the Eastborn Neighborhood Association, supports the citys restrictions, saying too many in east Dearborn are changing their garages, creating hazards and eyesores. These garages need to be kept as garages, Wilke told the commission. But McKelvie said the city cannot tell people what they can or can not put in their garages. His group, Campaign for Liberty, focuses on preserving constitutional rights.
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