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Come Support Zahid Chaudhry

October 3 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

Come Support Zahid Chaudhry
on the day of his Citizenship Interview
Based on his Earned and Qualified Military Service

Thursday, October 3 @ 7 am
Gather at Martin Way Park and Ride (at rear) There’s a big bus going, so you can park & leave your car there, if you wish.
4701 Martin Way East, Lacey
Cars will depart at 7:20 am sharp

We may not be allowed in the building–but bring ID.

US Citizenship and Immigration Service Interview
Thursday, October 3 @ 9 am
12500 Tukwila International Blvd., Seattle, WA
Rally at 8:30 am

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 community would like support & solidarity. This interview is based on his service in the US Military and should have been automatically expedited way back in 2001 or 2002.

U.S. military veterans with Earned and Qualified Military Service are by Congressional 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 (2001-2006, 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 in the past.

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 Watchlist 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 bear witness to these times and policies and show solidarity and support to our community & Zahid on this important day !

More information at www.keepzahidhome.org



October 3
8:30 am - 11:30 am




Tracey Carlos