US-Indian is ombudsman at Dept of Homeland Security

Updated on Aug 05, 2003 12:33 PM IST

Florida-based attorney Prakash Khatri has been named citizenship and immigration ombudsman at Dept of Homeland Security.

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PTI | ByEla Dutt, Indo-Asian News Service, Washington

An Indian American attorney has been named the citizenship and immigration ombudsman at the Department of Homeland Security.

Florida-based Prakash Khatri was most recently the manager for immigration and visa processing for the Walt Disney World Co. He has a degree from Stetson College of Law and ran a private practice as an immigration law specialist.

Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge made the appointment.

According to the Homeland Security Act, the position is responsible for fostering positive liaison activities related to Citizenship and Immigration by making recommendations to resolve complaints, for establishing formal and informal channels for exchanging information between the Department of Homeland Security and other entities, and for providing policy, planning and programme advice to the secretary, deputy secretary, office heads and other officials.

Judy Golub, senior director for advocacy at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), told Congressional Quarterly that Khatri was a "good thinker", and a "splendid choice" for the post.

He has served in the past as the president of the central Florida chapter of AILA.

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