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US deports Palestinian businessman who lived there 40 years

Palestinian businessman Amir Othman had his Green Card confiscated and was deported from the US on 30 January 2018 arriving in Jordan the next day

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) has deported Palestinian businessman Amir Othman to Jordan.

Authorities arrested the Othman, who had lived in the US for 40 years, last month in preparation for his deportation.

His lawyer, David Leopold, said in statements that his client was preparing to leave the United States voluntarily when he was arrested.

The immigration authorities stripped Othman of his permanent residency permit – the Green Card – several years ago claiming that his first marriage to an American citizen was fake although his ex-wife testified that the pair were legally marriage.

Othman was unable to obtain another residency permit despite being marrying Fida Musleh who holds US citizenship and having four daughters who hold American passports.

Official reports indicate that US authorities have arrested more than 40,000 immigrants during the first few months of Donald Trump’s presidency.

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