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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 donât 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
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
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
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.
Regional Director: Citizens & Immigrants for Equal Justice
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