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|Nightmare with the INS|
|10/02/01 at 00:53:36|
Here is one brother's account of a horrible nightmare.
Subject: [Fwd: Harrasment]
Masarrat Fareed-CFM015 wrote:
This is what heppened to my friend Usman Fazili's
in-laws (Indian citizens on visit visa) when they flew
in to Philadelphia airport this week.
Its relatively (that's the keyword) better to fly
airports other than East coast and to fly on European
I want to warn all of the people who are living in USA
to ask their loved ones if they are planning to visit
USA to delay their plans. What happened to us the last
weekend is a pure harassment from INS.
My in-laws were coming to see us from Malta. Both of
them are doctors in Libya. They have visited us
previously 4 times. They had 5 year multiple entry
visa and on this visa they had travelled twice before.
But when this time they reached the Philadelphia
airport the INS termed them "National Security Threat"
(father in law is in 60's and mother in law is in
They were first interviewed by FBI who were very nice
FBI cleared them but INS decided not to let these
So they were told that they are going to be deported.
All of us dont mind this decision but what happened
next has put my wife and me into mental and emotional
(1) My father in law was handcuffed and his feet were
put in shackles.
(2) My mother in law was handcuffed too. When she
tearfully said that she did not expected this, the
officers remark was "We also did not expected lot of
(3)They were separated from each other and put in jail
cells. My mother in law with some shabby character
females while my father in law with eqally bad
characters. My father in law did not have the room or
clean place to sit.
(4) Both my in laws are hypertensive and my mother in
law is diabetic. But no food was given to these
people from 7:30 pm to 10:30AM next morning when my
mother in law begged the officers for it.
(5)Repeated requests of my in-laws to see or speak
with their daughter were denied. At one point my
father in law asked "Wont you let me see my family?"
The answer was "At least your family is intact there
are 7000 families who are not intact" (meaning victims
(6) $800 were stolen from my mother in law who
trustingly signed the papers when their belongings
were returned to them. When she asked about it she was
told "You have been playing mind tricks with us
This is what happened to them, now what happened to me
and my wife is another story. We waited outside the
international arrival door till 9:30 pm (flight came
7:30 pm). My wife asked the British airways service
people and they told her that her parents are with
immigration. They made her talk to the INS office at
the airport, my wife told them that if they have any
questions they can ask her. At 10:00 or 10:15 pm I
called again to ask what was going on and I was told
that since I am not a blood relative so they cannot
talk to me.
So they told her that her parents are going to be
deported. She pleaded their case but to no avail. In
the end she asked the officers and supervisors of
INS to give her a chance to talk to them (as they said
very strongly that they will not let them see her).
The Supervisor on duty accepted it and asked her to
call him after 30 minutes. She called but was asked
to call back again after 30 minutes. After that all
the phone circuits of the INS were made busy. We
tried from 11:30 pm or so to 12:30pm the number and
every time got the answering machine that all circuits
My wife finally pleaded to two police men at the
Philadelphia airport. The afro american cop was the
only one who showed compassion to us, he banged at the
door of the INS and went in. After couple of minutes
he brought the case officer out to meet us. This Nazi
officer showed no remorse or compassion to my wife.
After explaining in vague terms that there is
something wrong with the visa of my in laws he said
that he will let us talk to them over the phone if we
will call. This Nazi gave us the same number which we
were calling before. Upon objection from my wife he
lied and told us to use pay phones instead of internal
airport phones. Needless to say that from that
time onwards we tried that number but were unable to
get through. I dragged my wife back home and really
felt helpless. In the night my wife called US Embassy
in Malta and asked them about the problems with the
The Embassy called us back at 8:00 AM stating that
they have gone over all the papers and everything is
fine. The Counslar officers even gave his home phone
number to us to pass to INS officer over here, so that
they can clear the matter.
But we were not able to get hold of anybody. Finally
I called the Congressman's office and somebody
answered the phone. This nice person then took the
whole report and called us after 30 minutes saying
that somebody in INS is going to locate my in laws.
Soon after that my mother in
law called but she was only allowed to call for 1 or 2
minutes. After she told us that they are leaving at
6:00pm flight. We asked her to give the phone number
of the US counslar officer in Malta to the INS officer
incharge. She asked for pen and paper from somebody
who was standing next to her. We heard a distinct
"NO", she then said "I have the pen can I at least get
a paper", we again heard "NO".
At that point phone was disconnected. We only heard
from them when they reached Malta. This my dears is
pure harassment. If this happened to my family today
then it will happen to your family tomorrow. I hope
this is not a message from INS "STAY OUT". I hope this
is because of just few bad eggs within a big
organization and will be purged by the department.
I am planning to take some time off to stay home. I do
not have internet.
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