July 19, 2012
-- Alan Karam has a fascinating story to tell. Almost twenty years ago Alan’s family received a direct command from former President Bill Clinton. Karam’s father was trying to remove Saddam Hussein from power by acting as an informant for the C.I.A. But, in 1996, his family was ordered out of Iraq because Hussein placed a bounty on the Karam family. Alan Karam’s debut book, Unwanted American, depicts this monumental and terrifying time within his family’s history. The book also addresses an asserted “prejudice attitude” towards the author’s refugee family.
Unwanted American promises to be an interesting account of what life is like for Middle Eastern refugees in a country that is still healing from the deep wounds of 9/11. “The Immigration and Naturalization Service labeled my family as illegal, despite our initial status of "Political Asylum". In 1998, we applied for our status change to get our green cards. Eight months later, they had lost our forms,” recalls Alan Karam. “I suddenly realized that America was not all that I had hoped for, especially living in the country post 9/11. My father had devoted his life to the C.I.A., protected the Americans in the Middle East, and even aided the U.S. in Desert Storm. None of this mattered. I feel our family continuously suffered from Ethic Discrimination.”
But, Alan Karam isn’t bitter. His book is meant to be a source of hope for other immigrants and a source of education for politicians.
Alan Karam’s journey in Unwanted American takes readers from flying bullets in Iraq and promises of financial aid to border patrol agents with guns and, finally, the ceremony where he finally obtains United States Citizenship. Alan’s father has since been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Alan is hoping to donate a portion of the book’s proceeds to a foundation for Alzheimer’s, pending its acquisition by a publishing firm. Interested publishers may utilize the contact information found within this release to obtain a full proposal for Unwanted American.
Alan Karam currently resides in Utah. He volunteers his time to teach English at the Refugee and Immigrant Center at the Asian Association of Utah. Alan Karam is available to discuss the challenges associated with becoming a U.S. citizen, ethnic discrimination issues, and “processing the documents of applicants within the U.S. who are waiting on citizenship before moving on to those who are illegal.”