Winds of War: Our Wonderful Homeland Security at Work
Talib Al Sawad a Shiite Muslim, found himself in an Iraqi prison cell in 1991 in
when a group of armed men stormed the place and overpowered guards or persuaded them to drop their weapons. Al Sawad grabbed the gun but reportedly ditched it after he was out of sight of the civilian rebels/insurgents/freedom fighters, you name it. He instead ran to his sister's house several blocks away, according to a recent court affidavit. Basra
Saddam stamped out the [Shiite] uprisings, and many fingered as rebels were imprisoned, tortured or executed. Al Sawad fled to
. At a refugee camp there, at the urging of others, he embellished his involvement in the Saudi Arabia Basrauprising because it would improve his chances of coming to . He was granted political asylum and settled here in 1996. America
As a gesture of thanks, Al Sawad tried to enlist in the
U.S.Army after we invaded in 2003. But he learned he had to become a permanent Iraq resident to do so. So he applied for his green card in 2004. U.S.
But now, courtesy of the anti-terror provision of the Real ID Act of 2005, Al Sawad is not only being denied a green card, but he also could face deportation.
Read the rest at The Gathering Storm.