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Jerry Heinauer Acting District Director of the Chicago Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Sh. Kifah Mustafa of the Mosque Foundation of Bridgeview greet attendees from the Muslim community


Sh. Kifah Mustafa greets members of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the Federal Bereau of Investigation (FBI) to discuss delay issues


Sh. Kifah Mustafa introduces the distinguished panel to the capacity audience


Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of CAIR Chicago, outlines the scope and purpose of the evenings event and addresses the importance of reconciling the delayed applications amongst the Muslim community


Attendees study procedural information distributed by CAIR Chicago in order to aid those experiencing delays with proper processes and remedies for delays of citizenship applications


The panel attentively fields questions from the audience pertaining to various aspects of citizenship processing that could lead to the delay of applicants


The panel responds to inquiries while the audience looks on. From left to right the panel included Sh. Kifah Mustafa of the Mosque Foundation, Jerry Heinauer Acting District Director of the Chicago Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of CAIR Chicago, Carol Hallstrom, Community Liaison for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Arthur Everett, Assistant Special FBI Agent in Charge, and Jane Rhodes, an FBI Expert on Name Checks


A Muslim community member examines procedural document


The event proved news worthy drawing members of the press, including CBS channel 2


Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director of CAIR Chicago, mediates attendee concerns and translates representative responses for the benefit of Arabic speaking guests


CBS channel 2 is on the scene


Arthur Everett, Assistant Special FBI Agent in Charge, explains the importance of not duplicating applications in effort to speedy the filing process


Maaria Mozaffar, CAIR Chicago civil rights, and Heena Musabji, CAIR Chicago staff attorney, are on hand with expert legal advice


Jerry Heinauer (USCIS) responds to questions of profiling and possible reasons applicants could be experiencing delays


Muslim community patiently hear the responses of the panel


Ahmed Rehab (CAIR Chicago) and Jerry Heinauer (USCIS) are on hand to help guide individuals through the citizenship application process


Ahmed Rehab (CAIR Chicago) and Jerry Heinauer (USCIS) confer on the questions presented by attendees


Attendees register official processing inquiries on location


When asked by the panel how many attendees were experiencing application delays, the overwhelming majority respond in the affirmative with a show of hands


Muslim and Governmental leaders hosted by CAIR-Chicago, deliberate during the question and answer session, in the attempt to offer advise to participants experiencing citizenship delays


Inquiries were written down by attendees and posed to the panel by CAIR Chicago officials


Maaria Mozaffar, CAIR Chicago civil rights, and Heena Musabji, CAIR Chicago Staff Attorney, press the panel on behalf of attendees for clarifications and elaborations to their inquiries


CAIR Staff Attorney, Heena Musabji, facilitates individual questions from the community


Ahmed Rehab, CAIR Chicago Executive Director, provides one on one attention to individual issues after the panel discussion


Muslim community members seek guidance with their applications


Jane Rhodes, an FBI Expert on Name Checks provides one on one assistance for attendees with additional questions


The governmental officials remain accessible for follow-up questions after the panel discussion, providing a personal touch


DHS and FBI officials are on hand to deliver their expertise to facilitate inquiries


Jerry Heinauer (USCIS) responds to individual inquiries


Ahmed Rehab, CAIR Chicago Executive Director, distributes business cards for future follow-up

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