February 19, 2008

Another Federal Court Relies on Immigration Ombuds' Report to Rule Against Government

For the second time in as many weeks, a federal trial court has referenced the annual report by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman to rule that the FBI's immigration background check process is unreasonable. In Philadelphia last week, U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson used sharp language to question the government's rationale for checking names a third time for citizenship after applicants have already been vetted in the visa and green-card stages. The report by CIS Ombuds Prakash Khatri provided the critical evidence for the court. (Philadelphia Enquirer; Mocanu v. Mueller, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10122 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 8, 2008).)

Related post: US District Court Cites Report by Immigration Ombuds; Immigration Ombuds Tenders Resignation.

Meanwhile, the mainstream press has not yet reported on the abrupt resignation of Mr. Khatri, leading some to speculate on whether he was forced to resign because his criticism of Homeland Security was too effective or whether he simply abandoned the fight. Either way, we can only hope for another principled individual to take his office.

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