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Supporter: 'America, you should be ashamed' at attempt to deport Raleigh father

Posted June 7

— Dozens of people gathered on the sidewalk in front of the Wake County Justice Center Wednesday afternoon to ask for the release of a Raleigh man who arrested by ICE last week.

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.

Mosa Hamadeesa and his son

Hamadeesa's wife and children were joined by supporters who want to see him released from custody. His 9-year-old daughter Nadine, who is being treated for a rare tumor at Duke University Hospital, said her father is her hero.

"My father was detained by ICE. He came to this country legal. My dad is an amazing father and he did everything he can to help us," Nadine said through tears.

Hamadeesa, who is Palestinian, applied for political asylum, but he was denied in 2015. Since then, he has worked hard to get his case re-opened, but mostly worked to support his wife and four children, three of whom are American citizens.

Mosa Hamadeesa

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.


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

"This is what makes America great. America is great because of families like this," said Burham Ghanayam, a friend of Hamadeesa's. "They work hard, they educate their children, they live their life dedicated to being good citizens."

Farris Barakat, the brother of UNC dental student Deah Barakat who was murdered along with his wife and sister-in-law in Chapel Hill in 2015, also spoke on the family's behalf.

"America, you should be ashamed of yourself. To be in a position to where we have no decency left," he said.

The decent thing, the crowd said, is to release Hamadeesa, and let him stay.

"(Hamadeesa) does not belong in prison," said Burham. "He doesn't belong anywhere except in his house with his family."

Nadine's doctors say if her family is forced to leave the country, she will not get the medical care she needs.

Mosa Hamadeesa's daughters

ICE said that because Hamadeesa has exhausted his legal remedies, they have no choice but to deport him. His supporters ar reaching out to Congressman David Price for help.


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  • Andy Jackson Jun 8, 5:20 p.m.
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    while I agree some other views (including mine) may seem cold - but when I go to Mexico and other countries for vacation or business, I follow THEIR laws, to avoid deportation or being locked up in a 3rd world jail. Take care.

  • Andy Jackson Jun 8, 5:17 p.m.
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    Anyone here illegally knows the risk of doing so. Just because he is a nice man and has a family does not excuse him from breaking the law. sorry.....deport him now!

  • Steve Faulkner Jun 8, 2:00 p.m.
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    How was he legally employed and paying taxes if he is here illegally? Have the authorities gone to the "auto shop" he worked at and checked on that?

  • Henry Cooper Jun 8, 11:15 a.m.
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    This amazes me. You are right it was not black and white and that is why he got to do an application for asylum and had that matter heard in front of the appropriate federal review. He was denied asylum based on the investigation from that review. He then appealed and that was denied.

    What you have to be saying is that the two administrations that denied the request and appeals were wrong and you know better based on news articles in the last few weeks. I bet a year ago you had no idea who Mosa Hamadeesa was.

  • Albert Holmes Jun 8, 10:54 a.m.
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    This man has been here for 10 years and still has not applied for citizenship ! Deport him now !

  • Carol Smiley Jun 8, 10:45 a.m.
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    I agree with you Mr Ackerman. I too am sick to my stomach and heart when I read the comments of people who see everything as black or white. Some people are are not willing or can not understand that there are grey areas.There are so many people in our world who are quick to judge others .I have to wonder if these very same people have never, ever broken ANY kind of law . I seriously doubt it .But who knows??? Perhaps they have not. It is hard for me to have any compassion for close minded people but I will try... I will try. After all, if I choose to judge them, then I will be just like them. I really don't want to be like them.

  • Jimmy Jones Jun 8, 10:08 a.m.
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    you should be ashamed of supporting the undermining of our laws.

  • Johnny Priest Jun 8, 10:00 a.m.
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    He may have came here legally but he is no longer here legally. As to changing the laws for immigrants this wouldn't affect him as illegal immigrants must return to their country and then apply to enter legally after having lived outside of this country for some time. Yes you can feel compassion for him and his family but he brought this on himself and to start allowing exemptions to deportations where do you draw the line.

  • Phillip Mozingo Jun 8, 9:32 a.m.
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    What you fail to realize sir is that he was denied asylum in 2015. If he was denied asylum in 2015, then they surely had a valid reason to deny him. What was that reason? Do you know? To be denied asylum, you must pose a public threat or break the law. I would bet on the first one just because of where he came from.

  • Henry Cooper Jun 8, 7:22 a.m.
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    I just can't believe the Obama administration denied his application. Just terrible.