By Shah Peerally, Esq.
As an Immigration lawyer, I have been practicing law for more than 10 years and have tackled a fair share of “interesting” cases. In my career, have handled thousands of cases, and while each case is different, I have also witnessed a disparate treatment of different immigrants despite they bear similar facts. The treatment is often related to people of different countries and different culture. In my opinion, if someone originates from the Middle East or South Asia (especially Pakistan and Afghanistan), it seems that their cases are subject to a stricter scrutiny.
After the sad events of September 11, 2001, things have actually changed in the United States. In fact, it has changed so much over the years that even the defunct Immigration and Nationality Services had been absorbed under the Department of Homeland Security.