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DHS Announces Appointment of Citizenship and Immigration Ombudsman

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2003

SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY TOM RIDGE ANNOUNCES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION OMBUDSMAN

Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge is pleased to announce the appointment of Prakash Khatri of Florida to serve as the Citizenship and Immigration Ombudsman at the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Khatri was most recently the Manager for Immigration and Visa Processing for the Walt Disney World Co. Before working with Walt Disney World Co., Mr. Khatri ran a private practice as an Immigration Law Specialist. Mr. Khatri has a B.A. from Stetson University and his J.D. from Stetson College of Law.

The Citizenship and Immigration Ombudsman is an advocate for the public and Immigrants to the Department of Homeland Security for Immigration issues. According to the Homeland Security Act, this position is responsible for fostering positive liaison activities related to Citizenship and Immigration by making recommendations to resolve justified complaints and for establishing formal and informal channels for exchanging information between the Department of Homeland Security and other entities and for providing policy, planning, and program advice to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, office heads and other officials.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 03072916.

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