PHOENIX -- The Iraqi refugee accused of bombing a Social Security office in Casa Grande was denied residency based on "terrorism-related grounds" in 2008.
Abdullatif Aldosary asked Congressman Paul Gosar's office in Casa Grande to assist him in obtaining a Green Card, but the Department of Homeland Security ruled him "ineligible."
DHS made the decision based on Aldosary's role in a 1991 uprising in Iraq. After the Gulf War, groups of Iraqis revolted in an attempt to topple the Saddam Hussein regime.
Under Homeland Security's broad definition of "terror," guidelines state "resistance activities directed against Saddam Hussein's regime" are grounds for denying citizenship.
Investigators have not said whether Aldosary's frustration with his citizenship status or the US government played a role in the bombing.
In November 2012, Homeland Security changed its guidelines to allow immigrants and refugees who have taken part in uprisings against dictators to obtain US residency, on a case-by-case basis.
Full statement from Amber Cargile, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
"Abdullatif Ali Aldosary is an Iraqi national legally in the United States. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed an immigration detainer on him Dec. 1 after he was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on charges connected to an explosion at the Casa Grande Social Security Office. Mr. Aldosary has an adjustment of status petition currently pending with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) after a previous denial of legal permanent resident status due to his participation in an uprising against Iraqi Government forces in Basra in March, 1991 during the Gulf War."