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Downtown Circle Owner Gets Stay of Deportation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Amer Adi Othman, better known locally as Al Adi, was granted a stay of his deportation, which was expected to take place Sunday, the office of U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan reported Thursday afternoon.

“I am pleased to announce that our friend Amer’s deportation has been postponed. We will continue to fight for Amer to stay in Youngstown – his home. Today is a big day,” said Ryan, D-13.

Ryan had been working with Adi’s lawyer and the House Judiciary Committee on Adi’s impending deportation. The congressman’s office released the picture above of Ryan giving Adi the good news.

Adi, who came to the United States from Jordan at age 19, told reporters Monday that he faced deportation after exhausting all appeals over 23 years. The issue stemmed from an administrative review by federal immigration officials that determined Adi’s first marriage to be fraudulent.

Adi later married Fidaa Musleh, to whom he has been married for 29 years and with whom he has four daughters. Musleh planned to leave the United States with her husband Sunday.

Ryan introduced legislation in 2013 requesting Adi’s removal from the deportation list and granting of legal status. A policy that prevented the deportation of people who are the subjects of pending legislation was reversed under the administration of President Donald Trump.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.