ICE defies House Judiciary request, deports man living in US for 39 years
A Palestinian man who had been living in the U.S. for 39 years was deported Monday, despite a request from the House Judiciary Committee that his case be looked at.
Amer Othman Adi had been held in detention for two weeks before he was deported this week, according to The Huffington Post.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported Othman Adi after the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security voted to request his case be looked at by the Department of Homeland Security.
Having the case be reviewed would have allowed Othman Adi to remain in the U.S. temporarily.
“In a highly irregular rebuke of Congressional authority by ICE, Amer Othman was ripped from his four daughters, his wife, and the country that he has called home for over thirty years,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said in a statement, according to The Huffington Post.
“Amer was a pillar of the community and brought commerce to a downtown that craved investment.”
Ryan said Othman Adi hired members of the community and paid taxes.
“He did everything right,” he said in the statement.
“There are violent criminals walking the streets, yet our government wasted our precious resources incarcerating him.”
In September, during what he thought was a routine check-in with immigration authorities, Othman Adi was told he needed to leave the country by Jan. 7.
He was later told that he would not be deported. On Jan. 16, he was detained and put in jail after he arrived at a routine ICE meeting.
His family learned Monday he would be deported that day, according to The Huffington Post.
Ryan said in the statement he hopes Trump “comes to realize that when his words become public policy in places like Youngstown, families like Amer’s are ripped apart.”
“I’m sad that America, and the American Presidency has become a place where politics outweighs doing what is right,” he said.
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