Letter to President Obama and New York Times

7 Aug

August 3, 2011

Mr. Barack Obama

President of the United States

The Whitehouse

Washington, D.C.

Dear President Obama:

I was denied my citizenship dream on July 26, 2011 by an
Immigration and Customs Enforcement interviewer at the U.S.  Citizenship and Immigration Services Office in Newark, NJ. As the female citizenship interviewer was speaking to me I told her I was waiting
for my new passport, having lost the original one. She wanted to look at my tax
files, and I showed all of my tax files since I came here 11 years ago to prove
that I never left the U.S. Then I noticed that she marked UNEMPLOYED! on the
interview papers. Towards the end of the interview she told me that I passed
the skills test for citizenship but that she would not let me participate in
the oath ceremony for citizenship. As I started to ask her if her note UNEMPLOYED!
with exclamation mark was the reason for her decision not to allow me to join
the oath ceremony, she shut me up by yelling out of blue: “Are you
questioning my decision!?” Her decision actually killed my dream to become an American
citizen, which doubled my pain from my previously being robbed of my business,
credit, and health.

Please let me give you some background information about

I graduated from the best Faculty of Political Sciences
of Ankara University
in Turkey and worked in the Foreign Ministry of Turkey
officially for over 12 years. I came to the United States after I married an
American woman in 2000 in Turkey.

As result of working incredible hours since 2000, I finally
bought a motorcoach in 2009 and eventually contracted to carry customers to the
Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, NJ for $1200 per day, doing two round-trips.
The Tropicana Casino and its exclusive agent Wilson Chen penalized me as I
would not obey their directives to work in illegal and dangerous ways. I am
still happy to be able to avoid falling in Wilson Chen’s trap, as I found out
later that he was behind so many terrible bus accidents and check kitings. As a
result of their pressure, I became sick and unable to drive anymore. Even
though I made documented complaints to Chen and Tropicana, they put their own
Chinese drivers on the bus who almost got my bus burned just outside Atlantic
City. This was averted by the intervention of the State Police. The Tropicana
Casino’s reckless drivers also caused a lot of damage to the bus. Wilson Chen robbed
me of $30,000 by using bad checks to pay for my work, which was promised to
last a lifetime, bringing nearly half a million dollars in revenue a year. These
bad checks caused my bus and personal car to be repossessed and my credit to be
ruined. After I lost my bus, my job, my car, and  my credit, I was unable to continue my
payments, which resulted in a lawsuit against me by a credit card company. My
mortgage company is threatening to foreclose my home.

The Department of Labor, NYC Office started to
investigate the Tropicana Casino.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, NY
District Office, has assigned an investigator to examine the Tropicana Casino.

The Prosecutor’s Office of Bergen County, New Jersey has
called for a Grand Jury Hearing against Wilson Chen of the Tropicana Casino for
ruining my dreams with bad checks.

I still want to pursue my dreams for citizenship and
entrepreneurship. My dream is to help build a knowledge robot software to give
smart answers on the internet search engines. People get over 25 billion hits
when they search a word like “home” on the Google search engine. This is massive data, but it
will take an impossibly long time to look into. I dream of helping to build such
a robot software to do this daunting work of looking into all related data on
the net for mankind. Civilization is based on knowledge. This unacceptible
situation is blocking a smart civilization. So I hope this robot will harness
the ever increasing data on the net for every net user and bring about a new
smart civilization. I hope to save the U.S. and the global economy altogether.

I need your kind attention to prevent any misunderstanding on the part of my citizenship decision.


Recai Iskender


580 Olympia Avenue,

Cliffside Park, NJ 07010

Please Find Attached:

  1. Copy of Citizenship interview denial
  2. Copies of my passport, New Jersey State
    Driver Licence, Permanent Residency Card, Social Security Card. All four are on
    one page.
  3. Copy of the Letter from the Cardozo
    School of Law to the Department of Labor.
  4. Copy of US Equal Employment Opportunity
    Commission New York District Office Charge against Tropicana Casino
  5. Copy of Bergen County Prosecutors Office
    Grand Jury Hearing Notice against Wilson Chen.
  6. Copy of Lawsuit by Credit Card Company
  7. Copy of Letter to terminate my walfare
    and medical insurance.
  8. Copy of my tax file showing my huge

CC: New York Times


2 Responses to “Letter to President Obama and New York Times”

  1. Nick Taylor August 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    It looks terrific!


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