CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - In response to the deportation of Youngstown businessman Amer Adi, Congressman Tim Ryan left his guest seat to tonight's State of the Union Speech empty.
Adi was deported back to his native Jordan last night, after living in the U.S. for the past 39 years. He was the owner of a convenience store in Youngstown, and has a wife and children that are U.S. citizens.
In a statement, Congressman Ryan said:
Adi was arrested and jailed on Jan. 16 at an immigration status hearing. While in jail, he was on a hunger strike, not eating until he felt justice was served.
Adi's application for a second green card was denied in the 90s when officials claimed his first marriage was fraudulent.
Court documents show his first wife filed an affidavit in 2007 saying she signed the original statement claiming fraud under duress.
He cannot return to the U.S. for at least 10 years.