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AP Dozens of Bosnian (Muslim) war refugees sue US over citizenship delays
Calibre/AP ^ | March 27, 2007 | Staff

Posted on 03/28/2007 1:14:18 PM PDT by Bokababe

ST. LOUIS-Thirty- five Bosnian war refugees have filed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. government is unlawfully delaying their applications to become United States citizens.

The Bosnians, who came to the U.S. legally to escape persecution in the former Yugoslavia, have disabilities that range from post-traumatic stress disorder related to the war to various medical conditions, such as a stroke, their lawyers said Tuesday.

About 40,000 Bosnians settled in the St. Louis area in the 1990s, making it one of the major centers for such refugees in the country. They were asked to wait five years before applying for citizenship, said Ann Lever, litigation director for St. Louis-based Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.

Dozens asked for waivers due to disabilities to excuse them from taking the citizenship test in English and were told those waiver requests were approved, she said.

"Every one of them had to submit certification of physical or mental impairments, " Lever said. But then, "Their applications just sat there, and sat there, and sat there."

The officer-in-charge of the St. Louis office of the U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Chester Moyer, said he had not been aware of the lawsuit and could not comment on it.

Lever said 50 Bosnian war refugees filed suit last year over the same issue. Federal officials did not fight that lawsuit, and a special ceremony to naturalize them was held last year.

That successful lawsuit helped to prompt the latest court action.

Fatima Kolic, 74, has lived in the U.S. for more than seven years. She said her federal retirement payments have been cut off because she has not become a citizen.

Kolic, who has diabetes and needs a wheelchair to get around outside of her apartment, said she has been losing sleep over the fact that her citizenship has not been approved.

"I just can say it's very hard to live," she said.


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"The Bosnians, who came to the U.S. legally to escape persecution in the former Yugoslavia, have disabilities that range from post-traumatic stress disorder..."

Oh good, so we can expect more human time bombs like Utah's Suleyman Talovic, coming to your neighborhood soon!

1 posted on 03/28/2007 1:14:19 PM PDT by Bokababe
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To: joan; Smartass; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; Incorrigible; DTA; ma bell; ...

2 posted on 03/28/2007 1:16:31 PM PDT by Bokababe ( http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: prairiebreeze; Mo1

I don't know about you, but when I want something from someone, I don't think it's smart to sue them.


3 posted on 03/28/2007 1:17:50 PM PDT by Peach (The Clinton's' pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Bokababe
Fatima Kolic, 74, has lived in the U.S. for more than seven years. She said her federal retirement payments have been cut off because she has not become a citizen.

I think I will apply to become an illegal or a guest citizen so I can get a federal check. Why should someone who never worked a day in their life here get a check?

4 posted on 03/28/2007 1:18:17 PM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I'm so anti-pc, I use a Mac)
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To: Bokababe
Fatima Kolic, 74, has lived in the U.S. for more than seven years. She said her federal retirement payments have been cut off because she has not become a citizen.

I don't get it...what federal retirement payments ? and what kind of retirment payments for living here as a non-citizen for less than 8 years ?
5 posted on 03/28/2007 1:20:28 PM PDT by stylin19a (If you are living on the edge...MOVE OVER ! Some of us are ready to jump !)
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To: Bokababe
Kolic, who has diabetes and needs a wheelchair to get around outside of her apartment, said she has been losing sleep over the fact that her citizenship has not been approved.

She's losing sleep because the the money spigot is being shut off.

Whiny leech.
6 posted on 03/28/2007 1:21:26 PM PDT by rottndog (If you don't believe in the abolition of government run schools, your views aren't radical enough.)
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To: Andy from Beaverton
Funny how they learn our system pretty quick when they get here. Our generosity is our defeat.
7 posted on 03/28/2007 1:21:44 PM PDT by stevio ((NRA))
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To: Bokababe

I have an idea: if they don't like the way we do things here, send them home. It is an insult to the people of the US that we have to bring them here and then pay them SSI, which was meant for Americans with no other resources, not parasites from foreign countries who belong to a religion that has vowed to destroy us.


8 posted on 03/28/2007 1:22:33 PM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: Bokababe

Why would they want to become citizens? Then they have to follow all kinds of pesky laws. Latino immigrants are doing just fine.

Besides, how can they use our legal justice system if they do not yet have the rights granted to citizens of the United States under our Constitution? Becomming a US citizen is suppose to be a priveledge for foreigners, not a right granted by God.

We are sorry for not making everyone on the planet a US citizen. We'll get right on that. Just find your way over here.


9 posted on 03/28/2007 1:22:43 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (No to nitwit jesters with a predisposition of self importance and unqualified political opinions!)
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To: Andy from Beaverton

[I think I will apply to become an illegal or a guest citizen so I can get a federal check. Why should someone who never worked a day in their life here get a check?]

Me too. I actually looked into it to see how hard it would be. By my half witted research, I can't degenerate my status to illegal immigrant without being granted citizenship in another country and changing my name and identity. It might be worth it, however and I would probibly pursue it if I lost my job and needed to support my family.


10 posted on 03/28/2007 1:26:24 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (No to nitwit jesters with a predisposition of self importance and unqualified political opinions!)
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To: Bokababe
Fifth column alert.
11 posted on 03/28/2007 1:28:43 PM PDT by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: Bokababe
About 40,000 Bosnians settled in the St. Louis area in the 1990s

America is nuts.

12 posted on 03/28/2007 1:32:32 PM PDT by donna (America used up all the good weather.)
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To: Bokababe

"The Bosnians, who came to the U.S. legally to escape persecution.."

I wonder how many Christians were allowed into the country to escape religious persecution vs. Muslim escapees.


13 posted on 03/28/2007 1:33:35 PM PDT by 353FMG (I never met a liberal I didn't dislike.)
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To: Bokababe

Bump


14 posted on 03/28/2007 1:33:57 PM PDT by A. Pole (George Orwell: "Within any important issue, there are always aspects no one wishes to discuss")
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To: Bokababe

This crap has got to stop.

What demanding arrogant bastards.


15 posted on 03/28/2007 1:36:10 PM PDT by x1stcav (I'll support any Republican who vows to wage political war against the Demonrats.)
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To: rottndog
I see no reason why we should pay to prolong the existence of this useless parasite.
16 posted on 03/28/2007 1:37:20 PM PDT by isrul
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To: stylin19a

Every single refugee, asylee and "family reunification" immigrant we get immediately qualifies for every social service on offer. Those of Social Security age receive SSI, which is Social Security for people who never payed into the system, as well as Medicare. For 20 years, immigrants have been bringing in granny and gramps and signing them up for SSI. This is why you see so many elderly immigrants. In the far East, China and environs, there are entire newspapers devoted to telling people how to do this. It is a drain on our system that is rarely discussed.


17 posted on 03/28/2007 1:38:02 PM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: donna

America is doomed


18 posted on 03/28/2007 1:38:30 PM PDT by isrul
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To: 353FMG
If you can't contribute to the dissolution of this nation, you may not enter.
19 posted on 03/28/2007 1:40:58 PM PDT by isrul
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To: Bokababe

Look on the bright side. If the Bosnians in South St. Louis ever get bored, we have plenty of malls for them to shoot up.


20 posted on 03/28/2007 1:41:13 PM PDT by Quick or Dead (Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms - Aristotle)
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To: Bokababe

I can't even begin to tell you how much this pi$$es me off.


21 posted on 03/28/2007 1:42:19 PM PDT by econjack
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To: 3AngelaD
I wonder exactly what amount of money they get. I mean the amount citizens get is based on what they earn. Is it possible these invading parasites may get more than a citizen? I hope not because that would be cause for some drastic action by the citizens of this country.
22 posted on 03/28/2007 1:44:34 PM PDT by isrul
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To: Bokababe

Wait 'til we get several million Iraqi refugees. They aren't going to be happy campers. Coming soon to your hometown!


23 posted on 03/28/2007 1:45:37 PM PDT by AuntB (" It takes more than walking across the border to be an American." Duncan Hunter)
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To: Peach
"...50 Bosnian war refugees filed suit last year over the same issue. Federal officials did not fight that lawsuit, and a special ceremony to naturalize them was held last year."

With this administration and the last one - you'd be wrong.

24 posted on 03/28/2007 1:45:52 PM PDT by norton
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To: Bokababe
>>>...(Muslim) war refugees sue US over citizenship delays<<<

Time to elect a President that will instruct his INS (or CBP or whatever)commissioner to tell Muslims....don't bother applying, we don't want you here!!!

Fred....is that you?

25 posted on 03/28/2007 1:49:26 PM PDT by HardStarboard (The Democrats are more afraid of American Victory than Defeat!)
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To: Bokababe

Send 'em back.


26 posted on 03/28/2007 1:49:40 PM PDT by 3niner (War is one game where the home team always loses.)
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To: isrul

I think it is about $1,000 a month, plus they get housing assistance and several other benefits.


27 posted on 03/28/2007 1:51:08 PM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: HardStarboard

Are you telling me that you want a president who is not compaaaasionate?


28 posted on 03/28/2007 1:55:40 PM PDT by 353FMG (I never met a liberal I didn't dislike.)
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To: donna

If there are 40,000 in St. Louis alone, how many are there in the US in total? Here in MN we also have thousands of Bosnians (10,000?).


29 posted on 03/28/2007 2:24:31 PM PDT by FarRightFanatic ("I'm Barack Hussein Obama...and I approved this taqiyya.")
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To: 3AngelaD
holy bejeebers ! I just came back from the feds SSI site.

I'm speechless.
30 posted on 03/28/2007 2:30:37 PM PDT by stylin19a (If you are living on the edge...MOVE OVER ! Some of us are ready to jump !)
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To: donna

The city wanted them so it could look like people weren't deserting for the outer 'burbs, and to keep census related Fed payments up.
St. Louis may be the next New Orleans.


31 posted on 03/28/2007 2:35:51 PM PDT by steve8714 (If Algore is worried about Global Warming he should become a Vegan.)
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To: 3AngelaD
$1,000 a month, plus they get housing assistance and several other benefits

That is approximately the take home pay my daughter makes working full time in preschool care, a very demanding and exhausting occupation.

She gets no benefits other than appreciation from the kids for whom she cares.

32 posted on 03/28/2007 2:36:02 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: stylin19a

If you would really like to raise your blood pressure to stroke level, check out your local Social Security office. I had to go over there last year to straighten out a problem renewing my VA driver's license -- and I was born in this country -- and I was the only person of the 100 or so who where there who spoke English. It was entirely immigrants, about half wearing Middle East getups, veils, tents, face coverings, ect., very irksome and very scary. There was a sign on the wall with a list of the 27 language options they offer. It is a frigging disgrace.


33 posted on 03/28/2007 2:36:05 PM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: Vigilanteman

And I am sure she is paying into Social Security, so she is helping to fund all those SSI parasites.


34 posted on 03/28/2007 2:37:25 PM PDT by 3AngelaD
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To: Bokababe
various medical conditions, such as a stroke

Why do we need foreign stroke victims to deplete our tax dollars? We don't have enough Americans with strokes straining our health system? We have to import them?

35 posted on 03/28/2007 3:12:19 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Andy from Beaverton; stylin19a
Wow! I'm moving to the U.S. asap! Who wouldn't want a federal retirement paycheque?

Are they for real?! When did America become a welfare state subsidising foreign nationals who haven't spent a single day working in the U.S.?

36 posted on 03/28/2007 3:12:26 PM PDT by Banat (DEO + REGI + PATRIAE | In hoc signo vinces)
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To: Bokababe
About 40,000 Bosnians settled in the St. Louis area in the 1990s, making it one of the major centers for such refugees in the country.

Bosnian jihadists settle in St Louis. Somali jihadists settle in St. Paul. They refuse to assimilate and make demands based on Sharia. How is this good for America?

37 posted on 03/28/2007 3:15:44 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Bokababe
Oh good, so we can expect more human time bombs like Utah's Suleyman Talovic, coming to your neighborhood soon!

But the FBI dhmimmis already said that attack was "unexplainable".

38 posted on 03/28/2007 3:16:47 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Bokababe

Like the tens of thousands of Somali vermin in Minnesota, this is yet another wonderful legacy of Bill Clinton. 145,000 future enemies within who will never assimilate. Thank you Bubba.


39 posted on 03/28/2007 3:20:06 PM PDT by montag813
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To: steve8714

The "next"? I have relatives in the St. Louis burbs and there is no "white flight" nowdays, the majority of people in St. Louis, City and County are black but the outlying suburbs are strong and growing with beautiful areas and neighborhoods as well as good schools. The St. Louis voting block has long been corrupted by the DemocRATs, remember the mess they created by bussing in people from East St. Louis (located in Illinois by the way) and the history of voter fraud. This situation sounds like another DemocRAT move to hussle more votes from whomever they can. St. Louis has had a long history of fraud and liars being placed in leadership positions but the burbs are, so far, relatively unscathed. Hope it stays that way.


40 posted on 03/28/2007 3:35:19 PM PDT by Rockiette (Democrats are not intelligent)
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To: donna

America is nuts.




Not all America, but certainly the US State Department and its crony bureacrats who are actively undermining our security by letting these dangerous people in.


41 posted on 03/28/2007 4:18:25 PM PDT by eleni121 ( + En Touto Nika! By this sign conquer! + Constantine the Great))
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To: stevio
Funny how they learn our system pretty quick when they get here. Our generosity is our defeat.

Most of them know about it before they leave. And I'm not trying to be funny. :(

42 posted on 03/28/2007 4:25:16 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (Ah don't feeeeel no ways taihrd.)
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To: montag813
Like the tens of thousands of Somali vermin in Minnesota, this is yet another wonderful legacy of Bill Clinton. 145,000 future enemies within who will never assimilate. Thank you Bubba.

I heard on Glen Beck last nite that the flying imams here in Mpls are actually part of what's being called the first Al Quaeda (overt) cell in America.

43 posted on 03/28/2007 4:28:53 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (Ah don't feeeeel no ways taihrd.)
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To: Bokababe

The locals better get used to it; these people are masters at demanding things be handed to them.


44 posted on 03/28/2007 4:36:04 PM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: Lijahsbubbe
"Funny how they learn our system pretty quick when they get here. Our generosity is our defeat.".... "Most of them know about it before they leave. And I'm not trying to be funny."

They absolutely know before they get here -- they know more ways to manipulate our system than those of us born here could even imagine!

45 posted on 03/28/2007 5:09:32 PM PDT by Bokababe ( http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: FarRightFanatic
I don't know how many there are in Phoenix but I don't like it:

www.newsday.com
War crimes suspect sent back to Bosnia (excerpt)
November 22, 2006

ISTANBUL, Turkey - This time last year Mladen Blagojevic was living in his neatly tended ranch home in the sprawl of Phoenix with his wife and young son. This week, he's in his homeland of Bosnia - sitting in a cell and facing the prospect of being charged with war crimes, his life in the safety of American suburbia over.

Blagojevic arrived in Sarajevo last Wednesday, the second in a group of more than 20 former Bosnian Serb soldiers living in Phoenix to be deported and detained while Bosnian prosecutors investigate their roles in the Srebrenica massacre, Europe's worst war crime after World War II. A third was deported but is not likely to be charged with war crimes in Bosnia. (snip)

46 posted on 03/28/2007 5:43:37 PM PDT by donna (America used up all the good weather.)
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To: donna
The guy you are talking about is a Serb, not a Muslim, so there is little likelihood he is going to develop "sudden jihad syndrome" like Suleyman Talovic in Utah.

They went after & deported over 50 Bosnian Serbs in the US as "potential war crimes suspects" a few months ago. The Bosnian Muslim state went after them, just because they could and the US helped their little Bosnian jihadist proteges.

"Blagojevic, Bozic, and two others who were arrested in Bosnia, are the latest defendants in Bosnia's national war-crimes chamber - established in 2005 to take on mid- and lower-level ranking suspects - to be charged with alleged crimes at Srebrenica. Eleven others have been on trial for genocide since May, a trial that Damir Petrovic, a public-information lawyer at Bosnia's state court where the war-crimes chamber is housed,called "the largest criminal case in Europe right now."

Critics say the US has gone too far

A lawyer for Nedjo Ikonic, a Bosnian Serb arrested outside Milwaukee earlier this month who pleaded not guilty this week to making false statements, says that US officials are targeting too widely, and that the sting is sparking fears among the Serbian diaspora in the US.

"There's one lady in Salt Lake City who was a cook paid by the Republika Srpska Army. That's stretching the party to a crime concept. It seems like the [Bosnian] government wants to investigate every one of them," says Nikola Kostich, senior partner at the Milwaukee law firm Kostich, LeBell, Dobroski, & Morgan. Mr. Kostich defended several prominent Serb suspects in The Hague and has advised many of those arrested in the past 24 months.

"I've also given a lot of advice to people who have not been charged - people who have called me because they're not sleeping well, and they think there's going to be a knock on the door in the night, and they don't know what to do," he says."

Just what threat do you think that "a female cook" poses to anyone?

47 posted on 03/28/2007 7:16:31 PM PDT by Bokababe ( http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Bokababe

I don't want any of them here, Moslem or war criminal. We have troops in their country doing their work so they should stay there, too.


48 posted on 03/28/2007 7:23:29 PM PDT by donna (America used up all the good weather.)
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To: Bokababe

Silly me, I didn't know that we were required to give citizenship to someone just because they applied for it. We need to learn how to say "NO".

Brian


49 posted on 03/29/2007 6:45:59 AM PDT by CMH_Dude
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To: stylin19a

Hey the War's over. Bosnia won. Buy em all a ticket home.


50 posted on 03/29/2007 6:49:29 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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