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Disabled Veteran Zahid Chaudhry Set to Be Deported

Immigration Hearing Scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th in Seattle

Update: Letters of support from both Washington Senators and 22nd District Representatives have been added to the article.

(7/17) No decision was reached today at the hearing. A new hearing was set on September 12th to hear from additional witnesses.

Zahid Chaudhry is an honorably discharged U.S. Army Soldier who only separated due to service related injuries. After separation, Zahid has been attempting to become a U.S. citizen, unsuccessfully, and is set to be deported on frivolous grounds. A source close to Zahid tells me that the charges brought on him consist of actions he did 20 years ago as a teen in Australia and checking the wrong box on a volunteer unpaid application.

Apart from Zahid’s military service he has been a pillar of his local community. From being a volunteer for the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and the local Fire Department to helping seniors with their grocery shopping, Zahid has a history of relentlessly helping others.

Friends and neighbors of Zahid are asking for your support and solidarity in his upcoming court hearing this Monday, July 17 at 1 P.M.

Judge Paul deFonzo
Immigration Court
1000 Second Ave, Suite 2500
Seattle, WA 98104

Furthermore, there will be a Peace Vigil outside of the courthouse before the hearing and organizers of the event are requesting attendees wear green to show solidarity.

Eric Miller, Thurston County Democrats Campaigns Chair, told the Progressive Army why he’s fighting for Zahid:

It is inconceivable to me that a man would serve our country, literally giving his body to the United States, and be denied citizenship because of a clerical error. Zahid has been an inspiration, an ally, and most of all a brother since the moment we met. He fights tirelessly to make this country one that accepts everyone, one that gives veterans the gratitude they deserve, and one where justice for all is actually put into practice. Even after leaving the military, Zahid has worked day and night, weekday and weekends, to fight for a better U.S. It’s our turn to fight for Zahid.

Bill Fishburn, candidate for Olympia Port Commissioner, District 2, shared the following on social media:

As a person with deep family roots in the U.S. military and the son of an immigrant, it is cases like Zahid Chaudhry (Zahid Ch) that bother me the most in our current political environment. I am dumbfounded a person who has served this country and made such a sacrifice in its name could be treated this way. Our veterans, regardless of their birthplace, must be treated better than this. We can do better. We must do better. I stand in solidarity with Zahid. Please do the same by joining many others at a peaceful demonstration during his immigration hearing Monday.

Tamborine Borrelli, board member of Election Justice USA and current Congressional candidate for 2018 in Washington’s 10th Congressional District, shared her personal perspective with the Progressive Army:

This man is one of the most active progressives I have ever met. I have witnessed him on more than a few occasions give of himself to help our movement in one way or another. This is nothing less than a travesty that deserves our full support and united voices sending a message of solidarity that [we] won’t stand for this injustice.

In short, this is a call to action. Please connect here and make a commitment to be there for Zahid. In Solidarity.

 

Written by Andre Roberge

Andre Roberge

Father, Husband. Went to school for philosophy (university of WA) and now I work for a train company -- Interests include Labor Law, TILA, Unions, Paid Family Leave, Healthcare, Philosophy of Science, Fantasy Football and Open Government-- Fanboy of The Take Down with Nick Nowlin and The Way with Anoa. Follow Andre on Twitter @SubvertingPower.

Andre Roberge is a Researcher and Writer for Progressive Army.

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Terry Lyle
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Total BS. This man served this country honorably and the idiot in the Oval Office (although I think it needs to be a padded office) Wants to deport him? In my opinion dRUMP needs to be deported. Along with his cabinet and Congressional leaders to a Galaxy far far away. Anyone who has served this country honorably should be granted US citizenship. Period. End of story. He WAS inducted into the military because they felt he was eligible and would be a good soldier. I was in the US Marine Corp and a Vietnam veteran who saw many other Marines… Read more »
Fran0523
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Military voted overwhelmingly for Trump. They hated Hillery so much they voted for a traitor and a scam artist. They didn’t believe him during the campaign when he said he was going to deport everyone. I wonder if they would still vote for the idiot in chief? I feel really bad about this guy. He served our country and paid dearly. He deserves to stay in this country and become a citizen. Trump weazeled out of military service because of his fake bad ankles.

Laurette
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He’s not the only Vet that’s been deported, in Mexico they have set up a whole community many of them came to America as children served our country and the thanks they get is being deported to a country they never been to m, have no immediate family there and isolated. They have banded together to give each other the support they need many are suffering ptsd or injuries from fighting for our country. But many Vets supported and voted for 45 and now your brother and sisters in arms are paying the price for your vote and continued support… Read more »
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