Vagaries of Deportations Seen in Syracuse Case

Print More

A Palestinian man pulled over Sept. 11, 2001, near Philadelphia for driving with an Arabic bumper sticker and then jailed for a year on a minor immigration violation was arrested again last week. This time, he will be deported once and for all, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Police in Syracuse, N.Y., where Nabil Mohammed Ayesh, 31, had been working with the permission of immigration authorities, detained him after pulling over a speeding car in which he was a passenger, said his lawyer, Stefan Presser of the American Civil Liberties Union in Philadelphia.

After reviewing his identity documents, police jailed Ayesh and determined that immigration authorities had secured permission from Israel to allow his return. Ayesh was among the many Arabs detained, in his case spending six months in solitary confinement, after the 9/11 attacks.

Never charged with a crime, he will be deported for the same reason he was originally detained: having an expired visa.


Comments are closed.


You have Free articles left this month.

Want access to all our reporting? Subscribe for unlimited access or login.