adidas shirt businessman Adi a victim of GOP inaction
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has highlighted the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. House of Representatives refused to even schedule a hearing on a bill that had made it through the Senate on a significant 68 32 bipartisan vote.
Unfortunately in the House, partisan politics trumped urgently needed public policy. The Senate was in the hands of Democrats and there was a Democratic president, Barack Obama, in the White House.
House Republicans led by then Speaker John Boehner, R Ohio, weren’t about to give Democrats a win they could carry into the 2014 midterm election.
Thus, the most significant overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws in a generation died on the legislative vine.
It is noteworthy that in the Senate, the so called “Gang of Eight” four Democrats and four Republicans had drafted the bill, which had the support of President Obama and former Republican President George W. Bush.
Bush’s brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, also signed on, as did Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, one of the most prominent Hispanic politicians in the country.
Fourteen Senate Republicans joined the Democrats in passing the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.”
Sadly for Youngstown businessman Adi and other immigrants hoping to become citizens,
the bill was dead on arrival in the House.
The legislation offered a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants who are in this country illegally and would have tightened border security by doubling the size of the border patrol and constructing a 700 mile long high tech security fence.
Thus, the massive reform in immigration laws sought by most Americans was shelved.
The anti immigrant sentiment embraced by a goodly number of native born Americans received a full throated endorsement when Donald J. Trump promised during the 2016 presidential campaign to deport all illegals.
Trump, the billionaire real estate developer from New York City, won the Republican nomination by appealing to the basest instincts of the GOP electorate.
In the general election, his “Make America Great Again” campaign blamed illegal immigrants for the economic turmoil experienced by many blue collar workers, including those who traditionally vote Democratic.
Although thoughtful Republicans and Democrats harshly criticized Trump for his ridiculous stance, his harsh words struck a chord.
Trump ordered a nationwide crackdown on illegals shortly after he was sworn in as president on Jan. 20, 2017. about four decades ago and is a tax paying, law abiding, family man, is a perfect illustration of what President Trump’s immigration policy is fomenting.
Adi is behind bars in the private prison in Youngstown awaiting final disposition of his case. ICE has ordered his deportation to his native Jordan, but congressional intervention has resulted in a stay of the order.
Adi was a permanent resident as a result of a first marriage, but ICE withdrew his permanent residency status on the grounds that he married an American citizen just to get a green card.
Although his current wife is a naturalized citizen and they have four children, ICE has denied an application for another green card.
Adi has not been given the chance to defend himself in court,
and ICE has shrugged off an affidavit filed by his first wife saying that her initial claim that the marriage was fake was made under duress.