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Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on the Arrest of Amer Othman

January 16, 2018
Press Release

Cleveland, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement in response to today’s arrest of Youngstown business owner Amer Othman. Amer was taken into custody today in the presence of Congressman Ryan while attending his Immigration and Customs Enforcement check-in in Cleveland, OH. Congressman Ryan continues to work with his colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee and the Department of Homeland Security.

“The arrest of Amer Othman is a shameful failure of justice. Treating an individual with no criminal record who poses zero flight risk like an animal flies in the face of the American values Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is supposedly defending. The Trump Administration didn’t even give Amer an opportunity to say goodbye to his wife and four daughters. I accompanied Amer to his meeting with ICE this morning in the hope that what is clear to the entire City of Youngstown would be clear to ICE: his case deserves its day in court and Amer is a valued member of our community. Instead, I witnessed firsthand the destructive consequences of President Trump’s willfully negligent immigration policies. A country that punishes those who wish to contribute will not find prosperity. What I saw today made me feel sad for our country. Our broken immigration system is hurting families and eroding our moral authority. We must do better. Not only for Amer, but for the countless other families in similar situations. For the 800,000 DREAMers who live in a state of limbo, wracked with fear and uncertainty, because of this Administration’s lack of empathy. Every American should be angered by what I witnessed today and what individuals are experiencing every day under the Trump Administration.  This fight is not over,” said Congressman Ryan