E. Texas representative attempts to help Albanian immigrant

Dallas_An East Texas congressman calls federal treatment of an Albanian immigrant "intolerable'' and "callous.''  So Conservative GOP Representative Louie Gohmert of Tyler has written a private bill to stall Rrustem Neza's deportation until 2009.

Gohmert sits on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration.  A Gohmert aide tells the Dallas Morning News that the congressman spoke to President Bush about the case this week.  Immigration authorities want a court to let them sedate the Lufkin restaurant owner before putting him on a plane for deportation because they believe he'll again fight attempts to remove him.

Neza fears he will be killed back in his homeland because of what he knows about a political assassination of a democracy leader in his formerly communist homeland.

In a written statement, Gohmert says he's "a strong believer in following the laws regarding immigration.''  However, he adds, "we have laws to allow people to remain here based on asylum and the need to protect their lives.''

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