Jordanian immigrant in Michigan elated over launch from ICE detention | Information


By Steve Friess
| ANN ARBOR, Mich.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. A Jordanian immigrant who resided legally in the US for 18 years rejoiced on Wednesday at with the ability to return house after a month in detention which may have led to his deportation.

“I am completely satisfied to be again with my household,” mentioned Yousef Ajin, a 48-year-old Uber driver who was launched on Tuesday from a detention middle in Battle Creek, Michigan, after a federal choose dominated he might stay within the nation regardless of a felony file as a result of his spouse and 4 kids – all U.S. residents – face hardship with out him.

Talking exterior his house in Ann Arbor and flanked by his household, Ajin – a Muslim who was born in Kuwait and immigrated legally to the US from Jordan in 1999 – expressed gratitude to the choose who dominated he might stay indefinitely, saying: “I am so completely satisfied I can keep.”

Ajin holds a U.S. inexperienced card, making him a authorized and everlasting U.S. resident, however was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Jan. 30 throughout a go to to their places of work in Detroit for his biweekly residency check-in, solely days after President Donald Trump signed a controversial govt order limiting immigration.

The testimony in courtroom on Tuesday additionally targeted solely on Ajin’s two prior felony convictions – bank card fraud in 2001 and shoplifting in 2003.

Ajin, who expressed regret throughout his testimony on Tuesday, had served probation and paid fines for these incidents.

Federal immigration Choose David Paruch, an Obama appointee, dominated Tuesday Ajin be allowed to stay within the nation as a result of his expulsion would trigger “excessive hardship” for his household. Ajin’s 15-year-old son has extreme bodily disabilities that require 24-hour care, making it almost inconceivable for Ajin’s spouse, Sihem Omar, to work.

The Division of Justice legal professional dealing with the case waived the federal government’s proper to enchantment Paruch’s choice, so Ajin was launched late Tuesday.

ICE had no remark as to why Ajin’s long-ago convictions had change into vital now, however activists weren’t shy in seeing his launch as a rebuke of the president’s arduous line on immigration.

“I consider President Trump has given the inexperienced mild to individuals within the subject to be extra aggressive to arrest immigrants,” mentioned Dawud Walid, govt director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Walid mentioned the federal government’s choice to not enchantment is probably going attributable to the truth that the area’s U.S. legal professional is an Obama appointee.

“Extra of those circumstances are going to occur and it will be the luck of the draw as to who adjudicates the case,” Walid mentioned.

(Reporting by Steve Friess in Ann Arbor, Michigan; modifying by Patrick Enright, G Crosse)