Congressman expects Youngstown businessman to be released from jail soon

The Department of Homeland Security will research Al Adi's case and eventually recommend whether he should be allowed to stay in the United States

A day after watching his client get hauled away in handcuffs, Amer Adi Othman's lawyer isn't mincing words about what he thinks of the United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBN) – Thanks to new progress in his case, the Youngstown businessman arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Tuesday morning could get out of jail as early as Thursday night or sometime Friday, according to Congressman Tim Ryan.

Al Adi may get his day in court after all.

Thursday evening, Ryan announced that the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security voted to request a Department of Homeland Security report on Adi’s immigration case. This means Homeland Security will research Adi’s case and eventually recommend whether he should be allowed to stay in the United States.

“That should lead to him not getting deported and it should lead to him, hopefully soon, getting out of jail,” Ryan said.

The Congressman is sponsoring a bill to get Adi citizenship. He was able to convince the chairman of this committee to let him plead Adi’s case — and the members listened.

Homeland Security will conduct its review of Adi’s immigration case, then the committee will use the report to decide whether to vote on Ryan’s legislation.

“DHS has to, for the committee and the House of Representatives, review the case and then figure out what’s going on with the case, and report their findings back to the House of Representatives,” Ryan said.

So why does Homeland Security have to follow this request after ICE threw Adi in jail?

“We have oversight of these executive agencies in the department — ICE and Homeland Security,” Ryan said.

He thinks Adi should be granted a stay of six months while this is sorted out. Then he should be released from jail immediately and able to stay in the U.S. during that time.

This case could set a national precedent.

Ryan says cases like Adi’s are happening around the country, but his is getting a lot of attention — especially after Tuesday.

“Amer showed up with a Congressman, a high-powered lawyer and he was taken into custody right before our very eyes. What happens to the person who doesn’t have a lawyer and a Congressman on their side? We’ve got to get a system in place that honors — even if you have to leave — that treats people with respect.”

Ryan says that up until recently, ICE agents would normally go after and arrest felons and violent criminals. Lately, he says people like Adi — with American families and businesses who pay taxes and employ people in their community — have been treated like criminals.

He hopes this case can help change that.

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