U. Oklahoma students face immigration charges

By By U Wire

By U Wire

NORMAN, Okla.?The Immigration and Naturalization Service is charging the president of University of Oklahoma’s Pakistani Student Association and his two Pakistani roommates with immigration violations.

The three OU students, who the INS arrested Nov. 8 on campus, are being held in the Oklahoma County Detention Center in Oklahoma City.

Mohammad Yaseen Haijer, Nabeel Khalid and Mohammad Imran Shaikh, all 22 years old, lived in Kraettli Apartments, an OU complex south of Timberdell Road.

The INS refused to comment on how the students violated immigration laws or what specific charges they face.

Haijer is president of the Pakistani Student Association. He spelled his name “Haider” at OU and on a Virginia license plate on the front of his car. His car still sits in a parking lot adjacent to his apartment.

Five days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Haijer, who worked at the Conoco gas station at 12th Avenue and Robinson Street, said three men from a group of five attacked him after he refused to sell them beer. The men were not 21.

Norman Police arrested two OU students. Both were charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.

OU President David Boren ordered the expulsion of one of the students. The university brought student-code violation charges against the other.

Despite Haijer’s claims that the men beat him because of his ethnicity, the Norman Police Department did not classify the incident as a hate crime.

Afterward, the FBI requested copies of his complaint from Norman police.