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Ohio Dem Ryan Working Bill to Allow Back Deported Jordanian

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Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 08 Feb 2018 06:01 PM

A Jordanian man who has lived in the United States for nearly 40 years — waging a legal battle to remain here or more than half that time — was deported last week with nothing but the clothes on his back and less than $300 in his pocket, CNN reported.

Amer Adi left behind his wife, who is a U.S. citizen, and four daughters, who are also American citizens, as well as a number of businesses in his adopted hometown of Youngstown, Ohio.

According to CNN, he had been supported in his fight to remain in the United States by his congressman, Democratic Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who has been trying to pass a bill that would allow him to stay.

Ryan describes Adi as a "pillar" of their community, who creates jobs with his multiple businesses and distributes hundreds of turkeys to the poor on Thanksgiving.

"If you would see the breadth of support that this gentleman has, from whether it's his Italian-Irish Catholic congressman or an African-American Pentecostal Republican woman who is supporting him or the working-class people I saw in his shop the day they thought he was going to get deported . . . to show support for him," Ryan told CNN.

"He has a Jewish attorney whose father survived the Holocaust . . . this person has brought this community together in Youngstown, Ohio," Ryan added.

Adi told CNN he has "very mixed feelings."

"I'm so happy, so glad to be here, my home, to see my mother, my brother, my family, my friends, that makes me proud and happy," he told CNN when he landed in Amman, Jordan.

"At the same time, I feel so sad of what happened to me. I'm so sorry to tell you what happened is unjust, not right, and everyone back there knows that. What the Trump administration is doing is – you can't even explain it."

According to CNN, in the 1980s, Adi held a green card. But he lost his permanent resident status in the early 1990s, after moving to Brazil for three years with his wife. When he returned, Adi tried to apply for a new card, but was rejected, CNN reported.

Though Adi's deportation order was issued in 2009, he was allowed to extend his stay by checking in regularly with the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

That all ended when President Donald Trump was elected on a promise to push for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system, CNN reported. Since Trump took office, Immigration arrests have increased by 42 percent, according to ICE.

Last September, ICE slapped an ankle bracelet on Adi and warned him to get ready to leave the United States, CNN reported. ICE said he would be allowed to return only if the bill is finally passed, CNN reported.

Adi's immigration case has "undergone exhaustive judicial review at multiple levels of the nation's courts, including before the immigration courts, federal appeals courts, and U.S. district court. In each review, the courts have held that Adi does not have a legal basis to remain in the US," ICE wrote in the statement.

"I don't think there is any question that this is the new normal," Ryan told CNN. ". . . To watch these families get ripped apart is the most heart-breaking thing any American citizen could ever see . . . Because you are for these families, it doesn't mean you are not for a secure border."

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Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, is working to pass a bill to allow a Jordanian businessman immigration protection in the United States are he was deported last week with nothing but the clothes on his back and less than $300 in his pocket.
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