Good news, the Government has extended the Special Registration for Iranians.
We have confirmed the truth of the rumors that persons subject to the two expired deadlines for call-in registration--December 16, 2002 (i.e, for Iranians) and January 10, 2003--will be given a new window period to register between January 27 and February 7, 2003.
Attached please find an advance copy of the Federal Register notices, thanks to AILA.
The Iranians who were afraid to Register, or did not Register for lack of knowledge of the program, are strongly advised to seek the advice of a seasoned immigration attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, contact either National Lawyers Guild (www.nlg.org) or American Immigration Lawyers Association (www.aila.org).
This is a lesson to all those naysayers who were telling us not to do anything. If it was not for AIA's push for the Justice Department to bring a change in the Special Registration; if it was not for the Iranian Americans' demonstrations in Westwood on December 18th, on January 4th in front of LA INS led by AIA and joined by a variety of other immigrant organizations, as well as other demonstrations in San Francisco, San Diego and New York; if it was not for AIA's Class Action law suit filed on December 24th; and finally if it was not for AIA's Call-in to the White House which was joined by the Iranian Americans all over the US, we would not be where we are now:
The IRANIAN AMERICANS HAVE ACHIEVED A SIGNIFICANT VICTORY through cooperation and by helping each other. All of you Iranian Americans who worked so hard out there, by demonstrating, by not giving up, by calling the White House and by volunteering your time for AIA, SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOURSELVES.
Remember, we can achieve a lot more through unity and cooperation. Let your voices be heard and participate.
Alliance of Iranian Americans
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