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Good Bye and Thank you for the Fish…

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 24, 2008


Stalwart Service for U.S. in Iraq Is Not Enough to Gain Green Card

By Karen DeYoung

Washington Post Staff Writer

Sunday, March 23, 2008; A01

During his nearly four years as a translator for U.S. forces in Iraq, Saman Kareem Ahmad was known for his bravery and hard work. “Sam put his life on the line with, and for, Coalition Forces on a daily basis,” wrote Marine Capt. Trent A. Gibson.

Gibson’s letter was part of a thick file of support — including commendations from the secretary of the Navy and from then-Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus — that helped Ahmad migrate to the United States in 2006, among an initial group of 50 Iraqi and Afghan translators admitted under a special visa program.

Last month, however, the U.S. government turned down Ahmad’s application for permanent residence, known as a green card. His offense: Ahmad had once been part of the Kurdish Democratic Party, which U.S. immigration officials deemed an “undesignated terrorist organization” for having sought to overthrow former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Ahmad, a Kurd, once served in the KDP’s military force, which is part of the new Iraqi army. A U.S. ally, the KDP is now part of the elected government of the Kurdish region and holds seats in the Iraqi parliament. After consulting public Web sites, however, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services determined that KDP forces “conducted full-scale armed attacks and helped incite rebellions against Hussein’s regime, most notably during the Iran-Iraq war, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

Ahmad’s association with a group that had attempted to overthrow a government — even as an ally in U.S.-led wars against Hussein — rendered him “inadmissible,” the agency concluded in a three-page letter dated Feb. 26.

But of course. The US has never given anything to anyone without first sucking them dry. Saman Kareem Ahmad is no difference. Oh, no. It is a wonder that so many Americans are shocked that so many non-Americans dislike America. To most of us America is synonymous with the American Government who would “reward” their allies by calling them “terrorist” even though they have spent years and risked their life to help the US.

An unconditional Green Card should be the least of this man’s rewards. It doesn’t matter that individual Americans are good people – America Stinks to high heaven

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