GUEST COMMENTARY: Support justice for Shakir Hamoodi

Thursday, May 24, 2012 | 5:52 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Picture this: You are an immigrant, and you are thriving in the U.S., the land of milk of honey. You're proud to have earned your American citizenship. You own a small business, you work hard, and you are able to support your expanding family, and your wife also works hard as a teacher. You love your new country, its fresh air and clean water, its freedom and the opportunities for all. So you are eager to be a part of your community, and you contribute to its welfare in many ways.