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    Assalamu alaikum ININ NOTE: For background info see: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/inin/message/2909 ... October 7, 2001 Dear Activists, Colleagues: I hope all
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 7 6:38 PM
      Assalamu'alaikum

      ININ NOTE: For background info see:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/inin/message/2909

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      October 7, 2001

      Dear Activists, Colleagues:

      I hope all is well. My name is Ramzy Baroud (e-mail ramzy5@...), I am
      a Palestinian-American journalist and the Managing Editor of Middle East
      News Online. I have been actively writing about the abuses and misconduct
      of the FBI and the INS directed at Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims in the
      United States for years. However, I never thought that such abuse will hit
      so close to home.

      The President of our company (Middle East News Service) Mr. Fadi Chahine
      was detained by the FBI on Oct 1 and now faces deportation by the INS. His
      detention and possible deportation is directly linked to the wave of hasty
      reaction to the Sep. 11 attacks. Although we condemn the terrorist attacks
      on New York and Washington, we don’t see why innocent people should pay
      the price for it.

      I need your help to free our colleague, Fadi, a well-known human rights
      activists and a courageous journalist in North Carolina.

      We need you to contact your congressmen or congresswomen to urge them to
      sponsor a private bill, that would halt the deportation procedure. Fadi is
      married with two children and have been living in the US as a permanent
      residents for the last 20 years.

      Here are a list of names that we are trying to focus on for they are known
      to be more sympathetic toward such cases:

      Congressman Bob Etheridge (Dan Cunningham) Congressman David Price (Susan
      Mers) Congressman Traficant of Ohio (John Culbertson) Congresswoman
      Sheila Jackson Lee (Christina Guillarikas) (the originator of the private
      bill in hopes that we can convince her to take it up again).

      (Names listed in ( ) are names of congressmen or congresswomen aides.

      Please read the message below from his American wife and do all that you
      can do to help.

      Thank you and many thanks in advance for taking the time.

      Ramzy Baroud Managing Editor of Middle East News Online


      A message from Priscilla Chahine:

      "In January of this year my husband, Fadi Chahine, lost his last appeal of
      deportation for the non-violent offense he committed nearly 10 years ago
      and already paid his debt to society. But the 1996 Immigration Laws make
      him deportable even after serving his time without any judicial review
      that could take into consideration things like his American wife and
      children, the fact that he owns his own business and employees others and
      all the community service he has performed since his release 3 years ago
      during which time he has not had any trouble with the law.

      After going to Washington D.C. while I was 6 months pregnant and pleading
      for some help to prevent his deportation, I received that help in the form
      of a private bill sponsored by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas.
      Everything was moving along fine for the past 8 months while we gathered
      the necessary support for the bill prior to introducing it and in fact I
      was told that just after Congress came back into session after the August
      break the bill was going to be introduced.

      Then 1 week after the terrorist attack I received the call from her office
      telling me they no longer wanted to support his bill.

      As you can imagine, that left my husband vulnerable and sure enough on
      Monday, Sept. 24 the FBI picked up my husband for questioning as they are
      doing to a lot of Arab Muslims all across the United States, especially
      those with a past record. They asked him a few questions to which he did
      not have any information in regards to the terrorist attack since he had
      absolutely nothing to do with it.

      They did not charge him but turned him over to the Immigration and
      Naturalization Service (INS) who is now detaining him until they can
      deport him.

      There are several ways which we are exploring at this time to have my
      husband freed. However, I need your help with one of them: Please help us
      find another Congressman/Senator to take over the private bill on my
      husband's behalf.

      Anyone in Congress can sponsor a private bill for anyone in the U.S. If
      you can take a few moments and call the Congressmen listed above with your
      support of my husband to see if they would be willing to take over and
      sponsor the private bill from Congresswoman Lee's office then all it would
      take is one phone call to INS from a Congressional office to release my
      husband and prevent his deportation until a final decision is made on the
      private bill.

      We realize that a private bill probably won't pass right now but if we
      could at least get it introduced it could sit in sub-committee until this
      Congressional session ends which would give me more time to gather a ton
      of support for it or re-open his legal case.

      I am certain that even if your Congressman/Senator seems interested he/she
      will need more information so please refer him/her to Christina
      Guillarakis of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee's office where he/she can
      access a copy of the private bill and all the background information on my
      husband. Christina can be reached at 202-225-4195 or 202-226-1525.

      Thank you in advance for all of your help in this most important matter. I
      thank you, my husband thanks you and my children thank you for taking the
      time to help my family stay together and put an end to the senseless
      suffering of a good, decent, religious, loving family man who is a shining
      example of a person who has been rehabilitated."

      God bless each and every one of you.

      Priscilla Chahine
      Regional Director: Citizens & Immigrants for Equal Justice
      ciejnc@...
      (919)575-0007

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