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George Farag, PhD
Dr. George Farag is a former United States Diplomat and Consular Attaché (Consul). He was appointed to the Diplomatic Service by President George W. Bush and served at embassies throughout the Middle East.
George immigrated to America from Egypt with his family. He likes to tell the story of his eighth grade class whistling Walk Like an Egyptian on his first day of school. Raised by a single mother on welfare his family struggled to survive. Since then many good people inspired George to reach further.
From the roof of his apartment building on September 11, 2001, George witnessing the collapse of the twin towers in New York City. Like many Americans it was a moment that changed the trajectory of his life. He decided to serve the country that provided for him and his family years before. He joined the Diplomatic Corps with the U.S. Department of State.
George was among the first U.S. diplomats to enter Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was also on the Consular Affairs Crisis Response team that evacuated 15,000 Americans from Beirut during the 2006 Lebanon War.
As a Consul George interviewed thousands of people seeking immigrant and non-immigrant visas to come to America. He decided on visa applications under U.S. immigration law.
George is the recipient of the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award, the Meritorious Honor Award, the George P. Schultz Consular Certificate, and the Jersey City Rotary Award. He holds doctoral degree in political anthropology from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University.
His experience as an immigrant and Consul is the foundation for his upcoming book Pro-American Immigration: A Common Ground in the Immigration Debate.