"The consciousness of good intentions disdains ambiguity. I shall not, however, multiply professions on this head. My motives must remain in the depository of my own breast. My arguments will be open to all, and may be judged of by all. They shall at least be offered in a spirit which will not disgrace the cause of truth."
-'Publius' The Federalist No. 1
It is quite disheartening to see such lofty positions of trust filled with corruption and such blatant deceit. In this time of American History, where grave threats are leveled against us, questioning our national security apparatus; those that act as brokers for the weak and hapless, prey off both sides of the field. Whether the people who seek citizenship are innocent or whether these immigrants proactively participated in the deceit, it matters not, for the individuals who lawfully seek citizenship are displaced as the manifestation of distrust is planted in the collective American mindset.
As this story reveals, an attorney engaged in the practice of aiding those seeking citizenship within the United States was sentenced,
United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announces that today U.S. District Court Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Maqsood Mir, 52, an immigration lawyer practicing in Potomac, Maryland, to 78 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release in connection with his April 14, 2005 conviction by a federal jury of immigration fraud related to the filing of false immigration documents that allowed illegal aliens to enter and/or remain in the United States. The Judge also ordered Mir to pay a $25,000 fine and Mir Law Associates to pay a $200, 000 fine.
The travesty truly found within this story is that this attorney disenfranchises immigrants to this country who petition lawfully. The seeds of distrust are now planted within our collective mindsets. Matters pertaining to illegal immigration are already at the forefront due to the nature of our porous borders, and now we must be concerned with those on the inside working against our laws and security.
Furthermore, in the least of this travesty, this attorney and his practice has tarnished the reputation of any and all of those who wish to go about doing the process in the correct manner and have already done so. Now the aura of skepticism will be laid on all of those as these stories emerge. What careless, and what a grossly liable practice, in the least, how foolish was this act for every single party involved.
Ultimately, once again the American people are the ones bearing the costs and are the ones who bear much to be concerned with.
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