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Come Support Zahid Chaudhry the day of his Citizenship Interview
October 3 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
We will be carpooling from the Martin Way Park and Ride in Lacey. Gather at 7 am, cars depart at 7:20 am sharp. Let us know if you can drive.
Many of you know Zahid Chaudhry and of his 20-year-long fight for immigration justice. He has a citizenship interview on October 3, for which he would like support. This interview is based on his service in the US Army and should have been automatically expedited way back in 2004.
U.S. military veterans with Earned and Qualified Military Service are by law/executive order/policy promised expedited naturalization. Zahid qualified for expedited naturalization because of his active-duty service in the U.S. Army from 2001 – 2005 (2006, if you count National Guard service). He observed non-citizens receiving citizenship right after completing Basic Training. But, instead of receiving expedited citizenship, he was told his application had been lost and/or he was subject to interrogations during the naturalization interview.
George W. Bush issued the original Executive Order, which remains in effect to this day: https://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2002/07/print/20020703-24.html
Zahid Chaudhry has always come to this country legally and has never committed a crime here — not even a traffic ticket! So why is the U.S. government trying to deport him?
Is it because after 9-11, people from Pakistan were considered “terrorists” and he was designated NS (National Security [Risk])? Is it because his name was entered on a secret Terrorist Watch List by an overzealous police lieutenant in Yakima who wanted to raise his profile during a period of extreme Islamophobia?
Or is it because of a national security program known as the “Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program” (CARRP). Under CARRP, the government excludes many applicants from Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities by delaying and denying their applications without legal authority. Learn more: https://www.aclusocal.org/carrp
Let’s support Zahid on this important day.