Skip to comments.AP Dozens of Bosnian (Muslim) war refugees sue US over citizenship delays
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.
America is nuts.
Most of them know about it before they leave. And I'm not trying to be funny. :(
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.
The locals better get used to it; these people are masters at demanding things be handed to them.
They absolutely know before they get here -- they know more ways to manipulate our system than those of us born here could even imagine!
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)
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?
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.
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".
Hey the War's over. Bosnia won. Buy em all a ticket home.
I agree. I am an American first -- and at what point did "US citizenship" become "a right"? But, Muslims know how to use the system and will do so until they break it.
There should be none of them here. Since their ideology won't condemn jihadists, they should not be allowed here.
I don't disagree -- I don't want to have to deal with any of them on our soil, either. But to a large extent, WE created the problem.
We supported the creation of a radical Islamic entity in Bosnia out of the ruins of Yugoslavia, and labeled non-Moslems (mostly Christians) who fought them as "war criminals" and potential "war criminals". Given that we had labeled the Bosnian Moslems as "victims", we had to let Bosnian Moslems and Albanians into the US as refugees. The Serb Christians, unable to fight the military & political will of America and the EU and unwilling to live in the Moslem-dominated country we helped create, became real refugees and some of them came here -- and for many, it was only to get rounded up, deported and sent back into the very hands of those Moslems want to destroy them in the fiorst place. Bosnian Serb Christians posed absolutely no threat to us, but the political fiction had to be sustained by the US State Department.
From my point of view, we should have never gotten involved in the Balkans, but we did -- and even worse, we chose the wrong side -- now the American people are literally paying for it with both our "blood" and our "money"! And it is not only reckless, it's beneath contempt to subject us to this.
I agree with you.
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