Jailed Pakistanis seek help to leave U.S.
More than 200 Pakistanis, jailed immigration violations, have approached their embassy in Washington to seek early repatriation to Pakistan. Since June 2002, more than 300 Pakistani detainees have gone home on chartered flights. “We have received hundreds of repatriation requests, also from anxious relatives and friends who want the detainees home,” said Mohammed Sadiq, deputy chief of mission at the embassy in Washington. The Immigration and Naturalization Service, which arranges the repatriation, says commercial flights are reluctant to carry the detainees, which is causing delays. “We are aware of the problem and want to send them home as soon as possible,” said an INS official, who requested anonymity. “They will be repatriated soon.” Sadiq said the detainees seeking repatriation have exhausted all legal avenues to remain in the United States and have been cleared by the courts for deportation. Full Story