Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser
American Islamic Forum for Democracy
Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine (D) is to be commended for accepting the resignation of Dr. Esam Omeish from the Virginia Commission on Immigration. It is unfortunate that the Governor did not more thoroughly vet Dr. Omeish prior to his appointment to the commission on immigration.
This embarrassment could have been avoided altogether had Governor Kaine's office applied basic vetting criteria before appointing Dr. Omeish to such an important position.
Dr. Omeish has repeatedly represented an Islamist agenda (political Islam) in his activism. The ideology of Islamism runs against the interests of a strong national immigration policy and American security. In Dr. Omeish's press conference of September 28, 2007, he stated that efforts to question his appointment "undermine a whole community of faith in a relentless campaign of 'Islamophobia' intimidation".
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