posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 02:25 PM
A 15 year old Iraqi girl and her mother who came to the USA for medical treatment not available in Iraq, are requesting political asylum to remain in
the USA. Per their lawyer, the mother and child state that they will face persecution in Iraq for their dealings with the USA military. Relatives of
the girl and her mother, still in Iraq have been shot and one member of the family killed. Insurgents and pro-Saddam supporters have been harrassing
the family and have even tagged their house with graffitti.
The case, which is expected to be decided Tuesday, is believed to be among the first U.S. instances of an Iraqi seeking political asylum. A victory
could open the door for other Iraqis in the United States who claim persecution for reasons other than race, religion or political opinion.
"Here, it's just their association with the U.S. military that's causing the problems," said Jeff Sullivan, a Washington lawyer at Foley & Lardner
who is representing the mother and daughter. "Something has to be done."
The girl began having pains last year from a growth in her cervix that was later determined to be cancerous, the petition states. But after consulting
27 Iraqi doctors, none said they could provide the appropriate treatment. Finally, the mother approached U.S. Army doctors in Baghdad, who arranged
for treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington.
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It is quite understandable why the family would want political assylum, and in this situation i feel it should be granted. However, the problem
arises when Iraqis currently living in the USA and elsewhere also begin to file similiar petitions. What's the point of freeing Iraq, if now your
borders must be completely open to them? The outcome of the petition should be quite interesting for all parties involved.
[edit on 7-29-2004 by worldwatcher]