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Tuesday, August 10, 2004


PAKISTANI MAN IN NORTH CAROLINA & TEXAS VIDEOTAPE TANGLE 

Further inspection of the affidavit shows that this Pakistani man illegally entered the United States.... from Mexico

THE SMOKING GUN: Pakistani Man In Videotape Tangle - August 10, 2004

Via Drudge, a story has emerged of a man who was seen videotaping office buildings in North Carolina.


Here are noteworthy excerpts from the affidavit...
3. On July 20, 2004, Officer Anthony D. Maglione of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) witnessed Kamran SHAIKH videotaping the downtown area of Chalotte near the intersection of South Tryon Street and Stonewall Avenue. When SHAIKH saw Maglione approaching he stopped videotaping and began walking away from the officer. Officer Maglione asked SHAIKH what he was doing and SHAIKH replied that he was walking to the bus station. Officer Maglione noted that SHAIKH was walking in the opposite direction from the bus station.


6. SHAIKH stated that his wife is also a Pakistani citizen but that she too has a "Green card" and is currently waiting to become a United States citizen. SHAIKH said that he was born in Karachi, Pakistan. His mother's name is Suriya and his father's name is Akhtar. He stated that he originally entered the United States in 1991 by illegally crossing from Tijuana, Mexico into the United States.


Shaikh produced a New York driver's license and even a social security number. But, what about that green card?
11. Several times during the interview SHAIKH claimed to be legally in the US with a "Green Card." After further discussion, SHAIKH finally admitted that he did not have a "Green card"...


Even though Shaikh had no proof of employment and no green card he was able to travel around the country and be able to go sightseeing. But, not the type of sightseeing that you would find in "National Lampoon's Family Vacation." The question is, who paid for Shaikh's ability to satisfy his curiosity in office buildings and public transportation systems?
12. A review of the videotape contained in SHAIKH's video camera showed video of the downtown area of Charlotte, North Carolina including the Bank of America Building and the Wachovia Building where the local FBI is located. SHAIKH allowed agents to view other tapes in his possession. These tapes included video of buildings in the downtown areas of Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Houston, Texas; Dallas, Texas; and New Orleans, Louisiana... SHAIKH also had video of public transportation such as MARTA in Atlanta, the Downtown Transit Center and the Downtown Metro Trolley in Houston, trolley cars in Dallas and New Orleans. At times, SHAIKH turned the camera sideways in order to videotape the entire building and often zoomed in on street signs.


Shaikh entered the United States, illegally, in 1991. He applied for political asylum in 1992. His application for asylum was not denied until 1997! A month after being denied asylum he had a petition to stay based on his "marriage."
13. The judge's order stated that if SHAIKH failed to depart by July 12, 1998 then the voluntary departure would be withdrawn and the order [of March 4, 1998] would become an order of removal to the country of Pakistan. On April 28, 1998, the I-130 Petition for Alien Relative was approved at the Immigration and Naturalization Eastern Service Center in St. Albans, Vermont.


Amazingly, an article concerning our nation's borders has just appeared in the New York Times.
U.S. to Give Border Patrol New Powers to Deport Illegal Aliens
Citing concerns about terrorists crossing the nation's land borders, the Department of Homeland Security announced today that it planned to give border patrol agents sweeping new powers to deport illegal aliens from the frontiers abutting Mexico and Canada without providing the aliens the opportunity to make their case before an immigration judge.

The move, which will take effect this month, represents a broad expansion of the authority of the thousands of law enforcement agents who currently patrol the nation's borders. Until now, border patrol agents typically delivered undocumented immigrants to the custody of the immigration courts, where judges determined whether they should be deported or remain in the United States.

Homeland Security officials described the immigration courts - which hear pleas for asylum and other appeals to remain in the country - as sluggish and cumbersome, saying illegal immigrants often wait more than a year before being deported, straining the capacity of detention centers and draining critical resources. Under the new system, immigrants will typically be deported within eight days of their apprehension, officials said.


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