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Raleigh father threatened with deportation as daughter battles medical condition

Posted June 6
Updated June 7

— Mosa Hamadeesa came to the United States for a better life for his family 10 years ago.

On June 1, he was taken into federal custody and is now being threatened with deportation.

Historically, there is a triage process - immigrants who pose a public threat or break the law are the primary targets of the federal deportation process, but Hamadeesa's lawyer, Allison Chan, believes the policy is changing and her client is one of the casualties.

Chan says her client pays taxes, has gone through proper legal channels and has never been in trouble.

"He is someone the American public should support," she said. "I can see it. Everyday I'm getting phone calls, every day. People are scared of this shift."

Mosa Hamadeesa

Friends of Hamadeesa, who is a Palestinian, says he was running for his life when he left the West Bank of Israel.

"A great guy, a family guy, a provider," said Mohamed Alminifi, a friend of Hamadeesa. "He paid his taxes. He's extremely clean. He doesn't even have a traffic ticket."

Hamadeesa is now a manager at an auto-repair shop in Apex.

"He's a master mechanic, he's not a regular mechanic," said Mohammad Ali, Hamadeesa's boss.

But Hamadeesa’s most important role is as a husband, father of four and caretaker for his 9-year-old daughter, Nadine, who has a rare medical condition.

"She's extremely attached to her father," Alminifi said.


Hamadeesa applied for political asylum, but he was denied. He continued checking in with immigration officials and trying to get his case re-opened. Last week, ICE arrested him.

"Absolute shock. An absolute earthquake is what it was. It is unbelievable," Alminifi said. "Now, if they ship him back to that place, most likely within a week or two, he may be killed."

"I remember Trump saying we are going to catch all the criminals and send them back home," Alminifi said. "This is not. This is a hardworking guy."

WRAL News reached out to ICE for comment. They said in part, "Mr. Hamadeesa has received all appropriate legal process before the federal immigration courts and is subject to removal from the United States in accordance with federal law and judicial order. ICE continues to focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security. However, as Secretary Kelly has made clear, ICE will no longer exempt entire classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All those in violation of immigration law may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.”

The orthopaedic oncologist who is treating Hamadeesa's daughter wrote a letter to ICE saying the child will not receive the proper care if she leaves the country. The letter also supports Hamadeesa's good character.

Mosa Hamadeesa's daughters


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  • Teddy Fowler Jun 7, 3:29 p.m.
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    He was denied asylum back in 2013 during the Obama presidency... so he has been hanging around another 4 years since then illegally... I would assume that he knew this day was coming sooner or later....

  • Nicolle Leney Jun 7, 12:55 p.m.
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    In 1996, the IRS created the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), which is for people who cannot get SSNs, mainly (according to the IRS), "unauthorized immigrants, lawfully present individuals, and US resident aliens/nonresident aliens."

    So, yes, they can and do pay taxes.

  • Patrick Morningstar Jun 7, 8:23 a.m.
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    Common sense goes a long way towards understanding these one sided "reports". It's a shame most here don't have any. Do you really think this happened in the last 5 months?? If he has in fact been here ten years, then he was denied by the Obama administration!!!!!!! Oh, and i love the bigot that blames Christians for this. Brilliant!!

  • Tom Baker Jun 7, 8:12 a.m.
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    Trump said that the ICE is only going after criminal illegal immigrants. Cases like this one show that he president lied again. So sad.

  • Ray Rivera Jun 7, 6:40 a.m.
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    How is he working?

  • Woodrow Yonts Jun 6, 10:49 p.m.
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    The rest of the world would have booted him out already, wake up

  • William Sherman Jun 6, 10:06 p.m.
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    First point--If a person is born here, they cannot be an immigrant. They are native born Americans. Now granted that we are all descended from immigrants. To call illegal aliens immigrants is equally invalid--they are by definition law breakers..

  • Ken Ackerman Jun 6, 10:05 p.m.
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    At this point all Americans are being laughed at.

  • Betsey Duggins Jun 6, 9:55 p.m.
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    We are all immigrants. We are all a mix of something. No one is 100% of anything! As long as any person is law-abiding, pays their fair share of all taxes & insurances, makes English their primary language and is courteous to others, bring it on!
    Don't forget that as American's, we are very fortunate. Why do you think immigrants from many countries flee here?
    We are better than this and ICE needs to look for the bad people, not the productive ones! The Statue of Liberty is astonished and watching!

  • Henry Cooper Jun 6, 9:54 p.m.
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    Other sites are reporting he came here on a tourist visa and stayed. He later asked for political asylum.

    If this has been going on for ten years then it is most likely the original denial of citizenship came under the Obama administration. So this is at least two administrations (possibly three is he started the process under Bush) that have either denied the original request or upheld that decision in appeal.

    There has to be more to this.

    For taxes, a tourist visa does not give you any kind of ability to file taxes. You would get an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number "ITIN". To get this you have to qualify with current alien status (Form W-7).

    It is hard to pay income taxes. You cant just send the IRS an anonymous check. Is this a word game in the article? He can pay sales tax and claim to have paid taxes. Just explain to me how he filed income tax. Citizens with a true SS# still need and I-9 which takes another level of ID it would be hard for him to get.