Valley Lawmakers Call On Trump Administration To Release Othman
Local business owner has been the victim of erratic, unfair immigration enforcement
 
 

State Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and John Boccieri (D-Poland) today expressed shock and anger at Amer “Al” Adi Othman’s sudden detention at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Less than a week ago, the state lawmakers celebrated ICE’s decision delaying Othman’s deportation, only to have it overturned a few days later without reason. The Youngstown lawmakers released the following joint statement:


“Seven weeks ago, Al Adi was handing out Thanksgiving dinners to members of the downtown community,” said Lepore-Hagan and Boccieri. “Today, we are fighting for his very existence in this country and to keep his family together. We call on ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan and the Trump Administration to put an end to this ordeal and restore humanity to our federal government. This has been incredibly erratic behavior coming out of Washington on Adi’s case, and we demand an explanation for this injustice.”


Othman, who has lived and operated businesses in Youngstown since the early 1980s, immigrated to the United States legally. Since then, Othman has been a tax paying, law abiding member of the Youngstown community, raising four daughters and opening two downtown businesses. Members of the business community credit Othman’s downtown investment as a catalyst for the ongoing renaissance in downtown Youngstown. Reps. Lepore-Hagan and Boccieri call on federal authorities to thoroughly review the decision to arrest Othman. 

 
 
 
  
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