PRESS Release: CAIR-AZ Applauds Release of Palestinian Asylum Seeker from ICE Detention
(PHOENIX, AZ, 5/27/2016) - The Arizona chapter of the Council on American Islamic-Relations of (CAIR-AZ) today applauded the decision of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release Palestinian asylum seeker Hisham Ghalia from his prolonged detention.
Hammouda was released on March 9 on bond with his asylum hearing still pending. Ghalia was kept in detention until yesterday evening when ICE authorities announced that he would be released under an order of supervision until his removal. Both men can now proceed forward with building lives and working to support themselves.
"We are pleased with this outcome, and hope that this is the first step for both Hisham and Mounis to finally begin living normal lives," said CAIR-AZ Civil Rights Director Liban Yousuf. "They have endured more than anyone can imagine in the past five years, so it's a great feeling to see them both smiling today."
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CONTACT: CAIR-AZ Civil Rights Director Liban Yousuf at (602) 301-7618 or email email@example.com