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From: Nazir K. [e-mail
Re: Juan Mann`s Column:
What`s In That H.R. 4437 Christmas Present? And Will the
Senate Grinches Steal It?
I immigrated along with my family
to the United States several years ago. In July 2004, I
applied for naturalization. While most applications
are processed in less than a year, my application has
been delayed since June 8, 2005 due a
FBI background check.
Currently, the law states that a
decision must be made on my application—either approval
or denial—within 120 days of my interview. My
interview was on June 8, 2005 and, therefore, a decision
on my application should have been issued no later than
October 6, 2005.
Unfortunately, I never heard again
USCIS. I sent certified letters and I still heard
nothing. I called the customer service line and the
customer service representatives couldn`t even locate my
application in the system!
By the end of December I decided to
file a lawsuit in Federal Court to move my application
along. But unfortunately,
HR 4437, if passed, will not allow me to take my
case to court. The only option I will have left is to
wait for as long as USCIS wants me to wait.
I`m not saying that I want my
background check to be waived. I want it to be done as
I have nothing to hide. If the government thinks that
I may be a possible threat shouldn`t they run the check
on me as soon as possible to make sure I`m not part of a
terrorist sleeper cell? An immediate check benefits
the government and me. The government can be confident
that I`m not a TNT-carrying Islamic radical and I, in
turn, will truly be able
to call myself a proud American.
Nor am I urging the bill to be
dropped altogether. Just section 609(e)(f)(g). I am
against illegal immigration. I`m against those who
provide any support whatsoever to illegal immigrants (I
turned in my girlfriend`s sister for
marrying her cousin in Cambodia so that he could get
a green card. In the end he was still successfully able
to come to America…the irony, let the illegals in,
harass those like me who abide by the law!).
I`m also against government
agencies—federal, state, and local—for providing
services in any language other than English (I speak
English, thousands of other immigrants take the time to
learn English prior to their arrival, so why can`t
all immigrants learn English?).
I think there should be a concrete
wall (not a
fence) along the U.S.-Mexican border. While it`s
being built, a few mines should be place along it too.
Round up illegal immigrants and put them in detention
centers like the
Charge the cost of feeding and clothing these
detainees to their own governments (just subtract it
from any foreign aid loan or grant).
The government should issue
national ID cards to every citizen. Show this or a
valid green card to be eligible for employment, a
driver`s license, or any sort of government support.
Don`t have it, too bad. Go back home and try coming
here the legal way.
Pass the bill. But pass it to
punish those who have broken the law. Don`t punish or
harass those who came to this great country legally to
benefit themselves and the nation.