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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Condemns Deportation Order of Youngstown Business Owner Amer Othman

January 3, 2018
Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio -- Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement condemning the Trump Administration's deportation order of Youngstown businessman Amer Othman.

"The case of Amer Othman is a tragic illustration of the abject failure of our immigration system and why it must be fixed. Amer has lived in this country since the age of 19, is happily married with four children, and is a successful local business owner. He is contributing mightily to Youngstown and our country. He does not deserve to be deported, and I am proud to have introduced a bill that, for a time, prevented his deportation. It was a policy at the Department of Homeland Security not to deport people who are the subject of introduced legislation. The Trump Administration’s decision to ignore this policy is what led to Amer’s deportation order. Amer’s wife, his children, and the entire community of people who care about him deserve better. This a disgrace and only worsens our already broken immigration system," said Congressman Ryan

Since 2013, Tim Ryan has introduced legislation (termed a “private bill”) that prevents the deportation of Amer Othman and grants him legal status. Although those bills did not become law, the Department of Homeland Security has had a policy of not deporting people who are the subjects of pending legislation.

Upon taking office, President Trump changed this policy and then his administration moved to deport Amer, who has lived in this country since he was 19 years old. Amer will be deported on January 7th. His American wife will go with him. His four American daughters will remain in the United States.