Fiji-Indian. Radical. Forced Migrant. Juris Doctor. Reluctant Dreamer. Aspiring Terrorist. Undocumented. Unafraid. Unapologetic. Unashamed.
Earlier this year, the Obama Administration terminated NSEERS, a post-9-11 program that targeted and placed non-citizen Muslim men from over 24 countries in deportation proceedings. But the termination provides no relief for thousands of immigrants who face deportation as a result of the program. Hadi Zayed Zaidi, a Pakistani-American who was brought here at the age of 4, is one such immigrant who registered with the NSEERS program when he was merely 16 — a minor. Two weeks ago, ICE agents raided Hadi’s home and took him into custody. Hadi – now 25 — has been refused bail because he is Pakistani and faces imminent deportation to Pakistan, a country he has not seen since he was 4.