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Faisal Gill: Illegal Alien Defender

By Greg L | 27 January 2007 | 51st HOD District | 39 Comments

In Prince William County, the issue of illegal immigration often is as significant to voters as transportation, so it comes as no surprise that Faisal Gill’s campaign website provides an in-depth discussion of the issue and Faisal’s approach to dealing with the causes and impacts of illegal immigration in the 51st District. You might expect commentary on statewide adoption of the Section 287(g) program, or increased fines for those who hire illegal immigrants, or even something about helping localities prevent overcrowding. Not this candidate. His bold position on this important issue, as stated on his website, is as follows:

Illegal immigration is a serious problem in Prince William County that affects our personal security as well as our quality of life.

In reality, the federal government is failing us all regarding illegal immigration. Virginia should not be left with this federal responsibility.

I will work with the Attorney General to craft legislation and policy whereby illegal immigration is discouraged at the state level while the federal government enforces federal law.

I’m sure that this will be reassuring to 51st District voters, especially when contrasted with this blurb from the website of the law firm of Gill & Gallinger, where Faisal Gill is a partner:

Asylum
The U.S. has long been a beacon of freedom. This is incorporated into the immigration system through the granting of asylum. A person who is persecuted in their home country for religion, politics, race, nationality, or membership in a social group can permanently live and work in the U.S., even if they would otherwise be deported. Asylees (those granted asylum) are also able to qualify for permanent residency. Because the benefits given to asylees are so great, it can be very difficult to qualify. A potential asylee must demonstrate to the USCIS a “well-founded fear” of persecution in the home
country. Gill & Gallinger have the abilities necessary to help you with this important process. We can also help you apply for Withholding of Removal (allowing you stay in the U.S. when otherwise eligible for deportation) and gaining protection based on the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

Deportation/Removal
Even if you or your loved one is already in the process of being removed from the U.S., Gill & Gallinger may be able to help. We can help you qualify for protection from deportation based on Cancellation of Removal, Waiver of Deportation, Asylum, or other methods. Time is extremely important in situations dealing with possible removal, so contact the Gill & Gallinger today for a free consultation.

So here’s someone who in his professional life advises those who are in the process of being deported to file asylum claims, and apparently earns a portion of his income by preventing illegal aliens from being removed from this country. Maybe that’s why the extent of Faisal Gill’s interest in illegal immigration is “discouraging” it at the state level, while whining about the lack of action at the federal level. Sounds a lot like the campaign platform of Jeanette Rishell, illegal alien apologist extraordinare and Mexicanos Sin Fronteras supporter, only she doesn’t earn income by defending illegal aliens.

The Prince William County legislative delegation is leading the charge to reign in illegal immigration and protect our communities. If voters are interested in undercutting the leadership of Delegates Jeff Frederick and Jackson Miller in the General Assembly on the issue of controlling illegal immigration, Faisal Gill is probably more effective than anyone the Democrats would likely nominate. If voters want to continue to whine about illegal immigration and do nothing to address the issue, Faisal Gill is apparently your man.

Can anyone imagine a Republican candidate in Prince William County being vulnerable in the issue of illegal immigration to a Democrat? Bizarre.



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39 Comments

  1. Jonathan Mark said on 28 Jan 2007 at 4:50 am:
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    Gill also advertises that his firm will secure H-1B and L-1 visas. These are visas for the purposes of employment in skilled fields. Jobs filled by L-1 visa applicants are typically not available to American job seekers.

    In the New York financial district there are computer firms staffed by L-1 visa holders which compete with American firms for work. The claim that L-1s are restricted to specialized personnel is bull. What job is not specialized?

    Harris Miller wanted to be the Virginia Democratic senate nominee last year, and Miller’s support as a lobbyist for increased issuance of H-1B and L-1 visas hurt him. Having rejected Miller, the Dems will be in great shape to attack Gill on this very issue.

    Here is what Gill says about H-1B and L-1 immigration for purposes of employment:

    “”"H1-B and other H-Visas
    The H1-B is among the most well known visas. It provides temporary authorization to work and live in the U.S. for those in Specialty Occupations. Generally, people who work in a field where they have received a college degree or have significant work experience in a technical field can qualify. This visa is used very often by computer and technical companies who need highly skilled workers. Once granted, the H-1B visa can be renewed for up to six years. Other H-visas include the H-1C for Registered Nurses and the H-3 for Trainees. There is a quota for H visas, so it is important to file for a visa as soon as the company becomes aware of the need. Gill & Gallinger can help both employees and employers navigate the process effectively.

    L-1 Visa
    The L-1 Visa is for the Intra-company Transfer of employees into the U.S. Only executive, managerial, or specialized personnel qualify. For employees of foreign companies coming to work at, or open up, a U.S. office, the L-1 visa is often the fastest and most efficient method.”"”

  2. Ragnar said on 28 Jan 2007 at 8:14 am:
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    This is stupid.

  3. Citizen Tom said on 28 Jan 2007 at 8:47 am:
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    Get real. Our problem with illegal immigration comes from people sneaking across the border. These people do not need or use lawyers. The vast majority of illegal immigrants are after low wage jobs. These people cannot afford an attorney. The idiotic aspect of our immigration system is that it actually encourages the immigration of uneducated and unskilled laborers. These are the people coming to our nation who cannot speak English or pay for the public services that they use. Such people cannot request visas as skilled workers.

    When we any of us need a lawyer, it is either because we want to do something legally and need advice, or it because we have run afoul of the law and need help. In either case, all of us are entitled to the services of an attorney. The mere fact that this attorney represents us and accepts a fee does not require him to share our guilt.

    Yet this stupid post suggests that because he represents clients with immigration issues, Faisal Gill has nefarious motives. Nonsense! You may as well indict all lawyers. However, where would you get a prosecutor? If legal association is all it takes to make someone guilty of a crime, what lawyer would take the case? In fact, if we follow the silly logic of this post, we may as well just get rid of all the lawyers. Hmmm. Admittedly, there is something to be said for that.

  4. Mimi Schaeffer said on 28 Jan 2007 at 8:56 am:
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    Our personal security and way of life????

    Heaven forbid, I guess having to go to school and shop with the Latrinos is beyond the Christian pale!

  5. Jonathan Mark said on 28 Jan 2007 at 9:54 am:
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    “”"Get real. Our problem with illegal immigration comes from people sneaking across the border.”"”

    What an ignorant statement by a Gill defender. Millions of people enter the US legally and then overstay their visas. Others work when their visa does not permit it.

    “”"These people do not need or use lawyers.”"”

    What an ignorant statement. There must be thousands of immigration attorneys in the US. Many of their clients are already in the US illegally, and Gill is asking illegal immigrants who are awaiting deportation to hire him so he can file a motion claiming that the illegal immigrant is a refugee.

    “”"The vast majority of illegal immigrants are after low wage jobs. These people cannot afford an attorney.”"”

    Gill is advertising his services for those illegal immigrants, several million probably, who can afford an attorney. Or, less likely, he will work for free or let the illegal immigrant owe him the money.

    “”"When we any of us need a lawyer, it is either because we want to do something legally and need advice, or it because we have run afoul of the law and need help.”"”

    The latter is the point. Gill is advertising his services to people who are illegal immigrants. There is a conflict of interest between representing illegal immigrants and voting on immigration legislation. And the conflict in this case is consistent with Gill’s unwillingness to firmly oppose illegal immigration, as demonstrated by Gill’s own wishy-washy statement on the subject.

    “”"In either case, all of us are entitled to the services of an attorney.”"”

    Illegal immigrants do not have the same rights as others. For instance, they can be deported based upon secret evidence. It is not at all clear that illegal immigrants are always entitled to attorneys.

    “”"Nonsense! You may as well indict all lawyers. However, where would you get a prosecutor?”"”

    A candidate for prosecutor (which Gill is not) who advertised his services to drug dealers would have that used against him, and properly so.

  6. Big Dog said on 28 Jan 2007 at 10:08 am:
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    I’m not in the Occuquan area so I haven’t paid close
    attention to the Supervisor race, but after looking at
    the pictures of Dion and May in today’s WaPo - Prince
    William section - it is obvious you folks are getting snookered.
    It is the SAME GUY (even pulling an insider joke -
    liberal “Jeff” parts his hair on the right and conservative
    conservative “Mike” parts his on the left). What
    a deal - run as both the GOPer and the Dem - you have
    a 100% chance of winning!

  7. CONVA said on 28 Jan 2007 at 12:15 pm:
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    It is interesting that Gill cites his tenure as PWC Republican Committee in which he was totally ineffective. We can expect the same from him if the folks in Occoquan make the mistake of electing him.

  8. Had to Say said on 28 Jan 2007 at 12:31 pm:
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    If Gill helps illegals in his law practice, it would not benifit him to pass legislation to curb illegals from coming to Prince William. And that WILL be the case.

    Take a look at how Steve Miller, Manassas City Councilmember, has voted when the issue comes before the council. He has a law practice and it is said he also helps illegals, thus his voting record.

    No one can be objective on this issue when you are in the business to help illegals stay in this country.

  9. Big Dog said on 28 Jan 2007 at 12:53 pm:
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    FYI - It is Councilman Steve Smith - and former
    Councilman and now delegate Jackson Miller.
    Steve Smith is the lawyer.

  10. Jonathan Mark said on 28 Jan 2007 at 12:55 pm:
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    Not every lawyer takes every case. For instance, in the 80s I attended a symposium at the UVA Law School on pornography. A lawyer who represents pornographers spoke.

    Someone asked him about child pornography. The pornography lawyer responds that the act of producing child pornography is child abuse and that he will not take such cases.

    Gill doesn’t just accept illegal immigrants as clients. Gill goes out and advertises among illegal immigrants awaiting deportation and says that he can help them remain in the US by filing a petition for refugee status.

    I don’t see how Gill’s working for the imprisoned Abdurahman Alamoudi’s American Muslim Council as its chief lobbyist and Gill’s advertising for clients among illegal immigrants awaiting deportation is consistent with normative Republican positions on terrorism and illegal immigration.

  11. Fenian said on 28 Jan 2007 at 1:50 pm:
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    Greg, this is all I needed to hear. Since Gill is the Republican nominee, this will be the first time in several years I will be sending a financial contribution to a democrat. (as long as that nominee has somewhat of a tough stance on illegal immigration.)

    I wish I lived in that district. We simply cannot have an immigration apologist from any party. I will do my part with the couple voters that I know in the 51st district and make sure they dont vote for him.

    Isent their any chance that we could have another “R” candidate?

  12. Greg L said on 28 Jan 2007 at 2:18 pm:
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    Fenian,

    Let not your heart be troubled. There will be a Republican alternative to Faisal Gill in the 51st — someone with solid experience, good qualifications, and a solid platform that well represents the district’s voters. The particulars on this should break on Monday.

  13. Citizen Tom said on 28 Jan 2007 at 2:27 pm:
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    Just a minor point. You have much speculation, but the only fact we have here is material taken from a public web site. This site does not show Faisal Gill advertising his services to illegal immigrants. What it shows is Gill’s firm advertising its services to people who need assistance with issues related to immigration law. I can only guess why anyone would be so bound and determined to construe such advertising as immoral or wrong.

    This sort of post is nothing more than wicked gossip. No good is served by attacking Faisal Gill’s reputation with such idle speculation. Shame on you. Because they both advertise products that taste good, I suppose the next thing you will be doing is telling us toothpaste manufacturers are in cahoots with evil candy makers.

  14. Greg L said on 28 Jan 2007 at 2:46 pm:
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    If that’s the business he wants to be in, then fine. But when he’s running for office and part of his platform is illegal immigration, it’s certainly reasonable to question the apparent disconnect.

    First you complain that I’m not talking about the issues. Then when I do have issues from him to discuss and do that, you whine that I’m engaging in “wicked gossip”. That’s pretty amazing.

    But I think I get it. Unless I convert to orthodoxy I am forever a heretic. Sounds like Asim Ghafoor talk has infected a noisy minority within the PWCRC. What a shame.

  15. charles said on 28 Jan 2007 at 3:00 pm:
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    There are people who come to America to escape persecution. We know this is true, that is why we passed a law which allows such people to obtain legal assylum in our country. But to do that, you need a lawyer — it is nearly impossible (unless you are a Cuban) to get assylum without going to court.

    Gill’s law office provides that service to those who are being persecuted in their own country. For example, you might be a convert to christianity from pakistan. Fearing getting your head chopped off, you would come to america, probably “illegally” because you would like to keep your head.

    Our country doesn’t automatically grant assylum to christians. But Gill’s law firm will assist our fine Christian brethren to obtain legal status, so they aren’t deported back to pakistan to have their head chopped off.

    Why Greg L. and Jonathan Marks think that we should send good men and women back to hellish countries where they will be tortured and killed is beyond me. IT’s not a christian value, or a republican value.

    It’s one thing to argue that Gill supports terrorists. If it was true, it would actually be important to know. As it is false, and the issue is raised with no evidence, it’s just sleazy, but at least it is an issue.

    But to say that a person can’t be a candidate for office if they also provide legal services to help people avail themselves of the laws of this country which protect them from torture and death in their home countries is simply absurd.

    This will be the first, and the last, thing I will say about this. Except this — when the other candidate enters the race, I will ask Greg to ensure that THAT candidate issues a specific statement on his/her position about people seeking asylum.

    If the other candidate opposes asylum, I will campaign against them. Opposition to asylum is antithetical to conservative, and humanitarian, principles.

  16. Big Dog said on 28 Jan 2007 at 3:49 pm:
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    And least we forget, John Adams defended Redcoats
    charged for their actions during the Boston Massacre.
    At much it may anger us sometimes, everyone has
    the right to competent counsel in this great country - even
    obvious sleazebags.

    Mr. Gill, though, by standing for office - must now state very
    clearly his views on illegal immigration - it is a key
    issue. If elected, what actions would he support in
    Richmond?

  17. Citizen Tom said on 28 Jan 2007 at 4:36 pm:
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    – charles, that was well stated.

  18. James Young said on 28 Jan 2007 at 4:47 pm:
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    I don’t begrudge any attorney who represents his clients within the bounds of the law. I suspect your complaint is not so much that Gill’s firm offers services in the area of immigration law, but they offer services in the area of libel/slander law.

  19. Batson D. Belfrey said on 28 Jan 2007 at 5:13 pm:
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    “I suspect your complaint is not so much that Gill’s firm offers services in the area of immigration law, but they offer services in the area of libel/slander law.”

    James, I am sure that you begrdge many an attorney who represents the ACLU causes, gays, pedophiles and the like, all withing the bounds of the law. The law has been twisted, and is no longer respected in this country.

    [Ed note: comment edited]

  20. Greg L said on 28 Jan 2007 at 6:02 pm:
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    There’s a big difference between an attorney who assists clients in filing asylum claims immediately after they have entered the country, and those who assist in the filing of those claims only after an illegal alien has had a deportation action start. The former client is behaving lawfully and not trying to game the system. The attorney who represents the latter is actively trying to subvert the purpose of the law and weaken our republic. My impression, after reading Mr. Gill’s web marketing, is that he has no reservations about going to bat for an illegal alien who deserves to be deported.

    And then he wants to campaign on the subject illegal immigration? The gall of this boggles the mind.

  21. Jonathan Mark said on 28 Jan 2007 at 8:04 pm:
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    If your story, and you stick to it, is that Gill is merely helping refugees come to the United States then I ask you why did these refugees not apply for refugee status when they entered the country? A refugee is supposed to apply for refugee status when entering the country. Typically the government then releases the person while they await hearing.

    Gill is pitching his advertising to the illegal alien who is about to be deported. In order to be deported they had to already have committed a violation of the immigration law. Gill is offering to file a petition for refugee status as the person is awaiting deportation, which means that the person had not filed for refugee status earlier and is merely applying now, after he has been violating immigration laws already.

    As a former chief lobbyist for Abdurahman Alamoudi’s American Muslim Council, Faisal Gill is the _last_ person that any Pakistani being persucuted for being a Christian would go to. Most Christians don’t seek out jihadi lobbyists and law firms whose partners (Gill and Gallinger’s Asim Ghafoor) want to apply Islamic law in the US.

  22. James Young said on 28 Jan 2007 at 9:05 pm:
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    To the contrary, “Batson”; it is attorneys who represent the dregs of society and put the State to its proofs in the exercise of its awesome powers of the prosecutorial power which keeps us free. I firmly believe that among the greatest enemies of freedom is an “efficient” system of criminal justice.

    As for the personal attacks, projecting again, “Batson”? No wonder you use a pseudonym.

  23. Batson D. Belfrey said on 28 Jan 2007 at 9:44 pm:
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    “As for the personal attacks, projecting again, “Batson”? No wonder you use a pseudonym”

    Ho Ho, I guess you told me! Wow! The Slip and Fall Lawyer…I’ll bet you were the bell of the ball at your highschool reunion. …boy I’ll bet they were envious of what you have become.

    [Ed Note: post edited]

  24. Jonathan Mark said on 28 Jan 2007 at 9:46 pm:
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    The question is why Gill is advertising that he will file refugee status appeals for people who did not declare themselves as refugees when they entered the US, and then violated immigration laws and are awaiting deportation.

    Why doesn’t Gill advertise for people who want to declare themselves as refugees when entering the US, the way they are supposed to?

  25. Anonymous said on 29 Jan 2007 at 5:35 am:
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    [Ed Note: Comment removed. Let’s stop with the personal attacks, OK?]

  26. Jonathan Mark said on 29 Jan 2007 at 8:22 am:
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    You are supposed to apply for asylum when you enter the US, not when you are about to leave it involuntarily.

    The problem with Gill’s filing refugee status for people awaiting deportation is that it is unlikely that a real refugee would forget to declare himself as a refugee when entering the US, and just remember when he was getting deported.

    Last minute refugee filings by Gill are an attempt to game the system. An illegal immigrant arrives in the US and decides to see if he can remain here illegally. If he gets away with it then fine. if the illegal immigrant loses and is getting deported only then does he go for refugee status.

    And Gill is encouraging deportees to declare themselves as refugees with his advertising. The cost to the government of defending such appeals must run in the tens of thousands per case.

  27. James Young said on 29 Jan 2007 at 10:02 am:
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    Once again, Greg, I fail to understand why you allow comments like “Batson’s.” Or is it someone else who likes to attack my legal credentials — I’ll bet I can guess who (and if I’m right, the pseudonym is certainly appropos) — in drag? Since you can identify the source, that is the type of behavior that begs for outing. And removal of the personal attacks.

    And for the record, I’ve never participated in a “slip and fall” case in my life. Major civil rights class actions? Sure. Supreme Court and appellate litigation in a majority of circuits? Yup. But no “slip and fall” cases.

  28. Greg L said on 29 Jan 2007 at 11:49 am:
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    James,

    I am going to go ahead and edit those comments. I’ve been swamped and haven’t had an opportunity to go through all of the comments, and I agree that the attacks are personal and uncalled for. Please accept my apologies for not being as on top of this as I aim to.

  29. Jonathan Mark said on 29 Jan 2007 at 12:40 pm:
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    James Young writes: “And for the record, I’ve never participated in a “slip and fall” case in my life.”

    Clearly, there are certain types of legal filings which James Young holds in low esteem.

    Now, consider someone who enters the United States. In order to avoid attracting attention this person does not request asylum. He then violates immigration laws by working without authorization or overstaying his visa, if he even had a visa.

    Months or years go by. Amazingly, the illegal alien gets arrested and is set to be deported. At that point Gill and Gallinger advertises to the deportee. Gill says that his firm can file a request for asylum for this person after all those years of gaming the system.

    James Young doesn’t respect “slip and fall” cases, but he seems to respect the game-the-immigration-system garbage that Faisal Gill’s law firm is advertising to file on behalf of illegal aliens.

    I have noticed a peculiar logical error on the part of Gill’s defenders. They generalize from the specific to the universal. Do you oppose Gill, who is a Moslem? Well then you must oppose all Moslems! Do you oppose the particular type of asylum request that Gill advertises he can file to those awaiting deportation? Well then, you must oppose all asylum requests!

    It may be possible to sell Gill by using this logic, but many of us will work hard to make sure it doesn’t happen. And to punish Bolling and Cuccinelli and the others politically if they continue to endorse Gill.

  30. Had to Say said on 29 Jan 2007 at 4:11 pm:
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    Okay All,
    This is a little off topic but you have to read this. http://www.telluridegateway.com/articles/2007/01/26/news/news01.txt
    When there are consequences to being ILLEGAL, self deportation does happen.

  31. Jonathan Mark said on 29 Jan 2007 at 6:01 pm:
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    Faisal says that no one should ever deport himself. If you came here then obviously you are a refugee from conditions back home. Faisal will happily file an asylum application to stay your deportation in exchange for a little of that long green.

    Just because you never claimed to be a refugee before when you entered the US as you are supposed to do doesn’t mean that Gill and Gallinger shouldn’t help you experience THE FIRST TIME, that you ever claimed to be a refugee, I mean.

  32. James Young said on 29 Jan 2007 at 10:22 pm:
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    Uh, Jonathan, I made no comment whatsoever on such “legal filings,” or the attorneys who handle them, though I say now that such attorneys are probably pretty pedestrian. I merely said — accurately — that “I’ve never participated in a ’slip and fall’ case in my life.” Poor “Batson” is merely demonstrating his/her ignorance, probably willful, in throwing such a charge in my direction. Of course, given the peurile and sophomoric tone of the remainder of his/her post, that, too, is hardly surprising.

  33. charles said on 30 Jan 2007 at 12:05 am:
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    JM, Faisal didn’t say that, although given your record I imagine you don’t mind putting words in his mouth, any more than Greg does (Greg even made a picture putting words in his mouth).

    Greg, while I’m guessing the deleted comments were more severe, but it’s just hilarious having you say “[Ed Note: Comment removed. Let’s stop with the personal attacks, OK?]”, when this entire thread is an unfounded personal attack on someone.

    It’s not about a policy issue, because on the issue Faisal’s statement is acceptable. It’s a personal attack on Faisal (what else would you call claiming Gill would say “Jihad”?).

    But you know, it’s not my place to tell you what is valid for YOU to use in determining who to vote for. If you refuse to vote for a man because his law firm represents people who believe they would be persecuted, that’s your right. and if you think other people should do the same, you have a right to make that opinion known.

    But I will object to putting words in his mouth, or falsely accusing him of trying to flout illegal immigrant laws. Because your arguments should be based on truth, not lies.

  34. Greg L said on 30 Jan 2007 at 1:17 am:
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    Why wouldn’t Gill say that? It’s a major tenet of Islam, as far as I understand it. To the best of my knowledge, every muslim is required to participate in jihad, although what it actually means varies among different sects. A comparative Christian practice might be dedicated bible study, if the milder form of ‘internal struggle’ is the operative interpretation. If you’re associating a meaning to the term ‘jihad’ that is necessarily pejorative, that association is your doing and not mine.

    As far as my comment management policy, I edit comments where one commentor attacks another, or just manages to otherwise make me feel it’s worthy of being edited. It’s something you just have to deal with when there’s a lot of traffic on posts regarding controversial issues. After seeing what those sorts of comments did to numerous threads over at TC in the past, I didn’t want to see those off-topic battles hijack my threads as well.

    But I’m glad you’re amused.

  35. Jonathan Mark said on 30 Jan 2007 at 7:46 am:
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    The issue at this point is not “Gill is a lawyer” but rather “Gill is an immigration lawyer.” The claim that “everyone is entitled to a defense” is false in the case of illegal immigrants, courts have ruled. For instance, people caught crossing into the US from Mexico can be deported without access to an attorney.

    There are other attorneys in the House of Delegates. Brian Moran (D-Alexandria) is one. But Brian Moran (who I oppose, by the way) does not practice immigration law. Unlike Faisal Gill, Brian Moran does not advertise among deportees that he can file belated asylum requests on their behalf.

    I say “belated” because illegal immigrants are supposed to file asylum requests upon arrival, not attempt to evade detection and then file after they are caught and awaiting deportation.

    It is clear from Gill’s advertisement “Time is extremely important in situations dealing with possible removal” that Gill seeks to buy time for his deportee clients through filings intended to delay the legal process of deportation.

  36. mohammad said on 31 Jan 2007 at 4:55 pm:
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    Hi my name is Mohammad. This is my first entry on this site. I would like to tell you that the true meanings of word “jihad”. I’m not a scholar rather an ordinary proud american muslim. Jihad means strugle. this could be a strugle within yourself, like living in “sin city” and not commiting sins would be jihad. Avoiding pre-marital sex, booze, gambling and staying away from all sorts of attractive yet “forbidden” things would be consider jihad. Also, defending and fighting for your counrty is jihad. To kill innocent civilian in suicide bombings is NOT JIHAD.

  37. pwcman said on 31 Jan 2007 at 7:22 pm:
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    ok

  38. pwcman said on 31 Jan 2007 at 7:23 pm:
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    I thought Faisal was jihadist, I guess I was wrong.

  39. AWCheney said on 31 Jan 2007 at 8:11 pm:
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    Mohammad, I truly appreciate your comment for I have long believed that the Muslim religion was no more or less based in violence than our own Christian beliefs. The problem, however, is that radical Muslim organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas have been making giant strides over the years in “educating” the Muslim young to the ways of violent and life-sacrificing versions of Jihad…and the first generation has come of age. Peace-loving Muslims are in as much peril as the rest of us.

    This is creating an atmosphere of universal fear, which plays right into the hands of these violent Jihadists. It’s the peace-loving people of ALL religions who must come together in understanding and work side-by-side or the entire world will go up in the flames of “Jihad.”

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