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  • #31
    Please, allow me to bring some enlightenment to this thread: According to my archives on Human History, AUFICER is actually an archaic English word which means "the inquirer" or "the examiner". It was used in the medieval Northern Ireland in reference to reputable alchemists or sorcerers.

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    • #32
      hahahah Alllah ho Akbar
      Now they wana prove auficer is a right word and that indian auficer went to ireland 300 years back and he learned ancient english there before joing INS here wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
      Thats why INS is doing and treating like british used to do in Ireland some 300 hundred years back
      hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
      Be careful people ALL AUFICERS are back again after 300 years .
      hehehehe my God

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      • #33
        So, Pakis are leaving...

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        • #34
          When is the send of party.

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          • #35
            Oh yeah?

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            • #36
              Well, many of our folks may be leaving, but don't forget that Indians will be next.

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              • #37
                To Paki:
                Don't worry about Indians, just worry about your countrymen or yourself. Indians are not crybabies like Pakis, they know how to handle the situation.
                Anyway good luck to all Pakis.

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                • #38
                  A scholar at the Brookings Institution was recently arrested by armed INS agents who accosted him on the street in Washington, DC. Ejaz Haider, who is an editor of one of Pakistan's most respected newspapers, was told by INS inspectors when he arrived in the US a few months ago that he would not be required to reregister with the INS. The INS says he was, and that his failure to was the reason for his arrest. The head of the section of the Institute in which Haider worked observed that on many occasions in the past he had contacted the Pakistani government to urge them to release journalists in custody, and that he never thought he would have to do the same with the US government.

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                  • #39
                    hahaha

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                    • #40
                      WASHINGTON, Feb 2

                      The Bush administration has agreed to extend the registration period for Pakistanis for 30 to 40 days and to take steps to avoid a large-scale deportation. An official announcement is soon expected, diplomatic and US sources told Dawn. They said that those who had applied for adjustment of their status under a general amnesty offered by the Clinton administration would also be accommodated. There are two types of people under this category; those who applied for labour certification and their cases are still in the Labour Department and those whose cases are now with the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

                      Those still in the Labour Department will not be ordered to leave the country right away. Instead they will be given six months to a year to appear before a judge and fix their status. Those who have already been certified by the Labour Department and their cases are now with the INS will not face deportation proceedings. When they appear for registration, they will be asked to reappear after some time for review of their 245-I amnesty applications. INS officials will also be lenient in dealing with those on student, professional and work visas (J-1, F-1 and H-1).

                      Minor violations by students, such as on the campus jobs without authorization or missing a few classes, will be ignored. Similar concessions will also be given to those on work and professional exchange visas. "This will be a major concession because we were very worried about large-scale deportation of students," said an embassy official. On designated days, the INS will allow officials of the Pakistani Mission to be present in their offices during registration.

                      "They will not be able to watch the registration but they will be informed if someone is detained and those Pakistanis who want to approach them will be able to discuss their problems with the embassy staff," said the embassy official. But there will be no reprieve for those who do not have legal grounds for adjusting their status or have not yet applied for legalising their cases. "They face deportation. Even lawyers cannot help them," says Rubina Syed, a lawyer who offers free advice to Pakistani nationals at the embassy every Wednesday along with two other lawyers, Abdur Razzaq, Rabia Chaudhry and Rizwan. Syed said that some lawyers were claiming they could prevent deportation and were charging as much as $10,000 a case. "I would advise those who do not have a legal ground for adjustment of status, not to waste their money. Go home and apply for a visa at the US embassy there. You may have a better chance," she said.


                      http://www.dawn.com/2003/02/03/top10.htm

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                      • #41
                        This is really a welcome news.
                        Good luck to everybody.

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                        • #42
                          Indians will be next, but!

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                          • #43
                            On Jan. 28, two agents from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) arrested me outside my office at the Brookings Institution. In a matter of moments I was transformed from research scholar at a venerable Washington think tank to suspect, from a person with a name and a face to a "body," a non-person. I was put in a car, taken to a detention center, locked in a cell, and stripped not just of my belt and shoelaces but of my pride and dignity -- all because of my nationality.

                            As a visiting scholar from Pakistan, where I am an editor, I had visited the State Department and attended functions with senior U.S. officials. But as far as the Justice Department was concerned, I was someone to be stalked and brought in by burly federal agents. I am only one of hundreds of victims, from Pakistan and elsewhere, who have suffered such indignities under the absurd new policy that requires foreign nationals from numerous Muslim countries to register with the INS: the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System. Many have fared far worse than I.

                            For more than a century, people from all over the world have come to the United States to escape repression and enjoy its freedoms. Perhaps for the first time in American history, we are witnessing the spectacle of families migrating from the United States in search of safety.

                            It is argued that this policy is meant to increase security for the United States. A worse way of doing so could hardly be imagined. The policy is an attempt to draw a Maginot line around America. Not only is it likely to fail in securing the homeland, it is creating more resentment against the United States. Does America need a policy that fails to differentiate between friend and foe? Not only has the Justice Department designed such a policy, it has authorized the INS, arguably the most inefficient of the bureaucratic organizations, to implement it.

                            The argument that, as a Brookings scholar, I should have known or did know about the registration policy is wrong.

                            On Oct. 22, 2002, I was registered at the airport. I was told to return for a second interview on or before Dec. 2. But before that date I learned that Pakistan was not on the INS list of countries. So I checked with the INS help line and was told that I did not need to go in for a second interview. Later in December, Pakistan (along with Saudi Arabia) was put on the list and the INS issued another deadline for registration, sometime in February. But even then, the registration requirement related only to Pakistani nationals who had entered the United States before Sept. 30, 2002.

                            I did not know I was in violation of the INS policy. Brookings did not know I was in violation. My friends in the State Department did not know I was in violation. And if -- even after following the policy closely and calling the INS for information -- we could not understand the law, what hope can there be for the cabdriver or the restaurant worker who doesn't have the leisure to discover the letter and intent of INS policies?

                            The Justice Department's job is not foreign policy, of course, and part of its duty is to prevent both American citizens and legitimate visitors from doing or suffering harm in this country. The INS should keep a watchful eye on potentially dangerous foreigners, but it must do a much better job of distinguishing them from the vast majority of foreign nationals in this country who seek only to work, study and obey the law. Moreover, the law itself must be clear and fair for those to whom it applies.

                            As matters stand, the policy draws on the "us vs. them" syndrome. The very question of "why they hate us" is begotten of the binary logic of terrorism and does incredible damage by removing the distinction between the U.S. government and America, between the official United States and American society. The irony is that confusing these two distinct categories is the big achievement not of "terrorists" but of the U.S. government itself. There are many people out there who may not, and do not, agree with U.S. policies, but neither do they hate America.

                            Mere rhetoric about Islam's being a great religion or the fact that the war on terrorism is not a war on Islam or even that registration is not about racial and religious profiling will not do. People out there are neither stupid nor intellectually challenged. It does not serve any purpose for the United States to test their intelligence.

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                            • #44
                              http://www.dawn.com/2003/02/08/top4.htm

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                              • #45
                                Amen, dgde!

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