David Leopold

photo of Fidaa Musleh and daughter Lina
M.L. Schultze / WKSU

Amer Adi's family held a news conference Thursday evening outside the private federal prison where Adi has been held since last Friday. He was transferred there from the Geauga County jail after he started a hunger strike to protest his surprise detention in Jan. 16. WKSU's M.L. Schultze spoke afterwards with All Things Considered host Jeff St. Clair about the family's news conference and the latest on the decision by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to disregard a request for a stay from the U.S.

Amer Othman Adi at his place of business in Youngstown
Congressman Tim Ryan's office


Immigration officials have decided to deport a Youngstown businessman despite a request from the chair of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee that his case be re-reviewed and his deportation stayed.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced this afternoon that it is going ahead with the forced removal of Amer Adi Othman. It says its policy is not to reveal when or how deportees leave.

photo of celebration of Al Adi

In a surprise reversal, U.S. immigration officials took a Youngstown businessman into custody today, less than two weeks after granting him a temporary stay. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports on the arrest, which was condemned by a Northeast Ohio congressman and a prominent supporter of President Trump.


The Cleveland Clinic internal medicine resident caught up in President Donald Trump’s immigration ban is now back in Cleveland.  Dr. Suha Abushamma arrived back in the U.S. Monday after being detained at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport late last month and deported to Saudi Arabia.

At a press conference in the Omni Hotel at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Abushamma was surrounded by fellow doctors and her legal team. In a short statement, she thanked everyone for their help.

David Leopold
David Leopold

Cleveland immigration lawyer David Leopold was among the scores of attorneys trying over the weekend to overturn or at least outrun President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigrants and refugees. The order bans all refugees for 120 days – and those from Syria indefinitely. It also blocks citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for the next three months.