Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Congressional Action on Amer “Al” Adi

Passage Should Result in Delay of Deportation

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) this announced that tonight the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security voted to request a Department of Homeland Security departmental report on Amer “Al” Adi’s immigration case. This action is a preliminary and necessary step before the Subcommittee could consider H.R. 1237, a private immigration bill granting him legal permanent residence sponsored by Rep. Ryan. The Subcommittee will use the resulting report to decide whether to proceed with a vote on Ryan’s legislation for Amer “Al” Adi.

“Under past Administrations, a vote like the one tonight by the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security would halt all deportation proceedings for six months, allowing the Department of Homeland Security to conduct its investigation and for the Subcommittee to consider the results of the report. I would expect the Trump Administration to honor the will of the Subcommittee.

“Amer deserves to have his case heard in court, and he deserves to stay in the United States – his home. In light of this development I call on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to immediately release Amer from custody to rejoin his family in Youngstown. I would also like to thank the Members of Congress on the Subcommittee for recognizing the merits of this case and voting to make sure the Department of Homeland Security conducts a full investigation into this situation,” said Congressman Ryan.

Amer was abruptly taken into custody on January 16, 2018 in the presence of Congressman Ryan while attending his Immigration and Customs Enforcement check-in in Cleveland, OH.

Amer's case has been garnering national attention. Additional content can be found here, and here.