Columbus—Today, state Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released the following statement in response to the detention of Amer "Al" Adi Oathman, a businessman from Jordan who has lived in Youngstown since the 1970s and is a beloved member of the local community.

“It’s tragic that ICE did not give Al Adi the opportunity to say goodbye to his wife and daughters when he already had agreed to leave the country.

“This is another example of our nation’s broken immigration system—a system that everyone agrees needs reform but remains a victim of partisan politics in Washington.  It’s time that members of Congress and President Trump focus on passing comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform that treats our fellow human beings with dignity and respect.”

Unless ICE changes its mind, Al Adi will be deported to Jordan in the next 180 days.

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