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Muhammad Zahid Chaudhry is the embodiment of a patriot. He’s served in the U.S. Army and the National Guard as well as for the Red Cross and as a volunteer firefighter. Despite his enormous contributions to the United States, Chaudhry, a Washington resident, now faces deportation to Pakistan. Why? Because the federal government rejected his application for citizenship. If deported, Chaudhry would be separated from his wife of four years and could face retaliation from Pakistani militants for his service in the U.S. armed forces.

This is no way for the federal government to treat a decorated military veteran, who’s now wheelchair bound as a result of injuries sustained in the war. Tell Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) not to tear a husband away from his wife and reject citizenship to a man who’s served the country in far more ways than the average U.S. citizen.


Letter to
I.C.E. Director John Morton
Head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
Senator Patty Murray
and 2 others
Senator Maria Cantwell
U.S. Senate
Muhammad Zahid Chaudhry has won the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and Army Service Ribbon. Yet, this veteran of the National Guard and U.S. Army faces deportation to Pakistan because the federal government denied his application for U.S. citizenship. If he’s deported, Chaudhry will not only be torn way from his American-born wife but may be a target in his native Pakistan.

Seth Manzel, executive director of G.I. Voice, posits that Chaudhry would “inevitably be murdered by the Taliban for his service in the U.S. Army.”

Is this the way the federal government wants to repay legal residents who risk their lives by enlisting in the armed forces? Because of injuries he suffered while serving in the U.S. military, Chaudhry’s now in a wheelchair. He deserves far more from the U.S. government than to be booted out of the country. Please take action to keep Chaudhry in the United States and grant him American citizenship. His decorated military service leaves no doubt that he’s a patriot.