March 30, 2012, - 5:18 pm
Sandra Zaher was apparently swayed by what I call, “the most effective form of free speech”: pillow talk. Zaher, an immigration lawyer in Canada, is married to an Arab. And she has a booming business helping Muslims defraud Canadian and U.S. immigration authorities. At least, it was booming until she got caught. What I want to know is why it is even necessary to lie to Canadian immigration authorities. In hockey, they refer to parties like that (particularly, goalies) as “sieves.” They let everything–and everyone–in.
So the Muslims Ms. Zaher helped must have really been terrorists (they let those into Canada–and the U.S.–too; see, Imad Hamad, Tariq Ramadan, etc.). On the other hand, only barely mentioned in Canadian coverage of the story, Zaher helped Muslims immigrate from Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to the United States, too. How many of her Muslim clients committed immigration fraud to get here? I’d bet a lot.
The RCMP has charged a Windsor immigration lawyer and her assistant for allegedly counseling individuals to make refugee claims based on fake stories.
Sandra Zaher and her assistant Diana Al-Masalkhi were arrested on Thursday and charged with misrepresentation, counseling misrepresentation and fabricating evidence. . . .
The arrests followed a two-month police investigation into allegations they had counseled foreign nationals “to make refugee eligibility claims based on fraudulent stories,” the RCMP said in a statement.
On the Zaher Immigration Law Firm website, Ms. Zaher is described as “an immigration lawyer who is committed to helping foreigners to immigrate to North America.” It says she is “sympathetic to immigrant needs in their struggle to adjust to a new way of life.”
“Sandra was born to Italian immigrant parents and married to an Arabic physician,” it says, adding she has a PhD from the University of Toronto. “She wishes to use her multicultural background and education to serve the needs of refugees” and other immigrants, it says.
Her firm has “affiliated offices” in Damascus, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah and Riyadh,” the website says. “If you are thinking of immigrating or visiting Canada or the U.S., the Zaher Immigration Law Firm will be more than happy to assist you,” it says.
Cpl. Annette Bernardon, the Windsor RCMP spokeswoman, was unable to say how many clients were allegedly told to lie in their refugee claims or whether those claims would be reviewed.
Immigration and Refugee Board records show Ms. Zaher represented an Iraqi client in 2009 who had failed to disclose to immigration officials he was married.
Since Zaher’s office is so close to the U.S. border, so I wonder how many of her Muslim immigration defrauding clients have since sneaked into the U.S. via Detroit. But her website tells Syrian and Saudi Arabian Muslims that they should hire her if they want to “visit” the U.S. (See the screenshot from her website, above.) So, she’s likely also involved in direct immigration fraud in the U.S., too.
Ya think Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cares and is investigating?
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