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    MUSLIM WOMAN DEPORTED TO VENEZUELA WITHOUT HER CHILDREN Associated Press, 4/1/04 http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Midwest/04/01/us.deportation.ap/ CLEVELAND, Ohio --
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 3, 2004
      MUSLIM WOMAN DEPORTED TO VENEZUELA WITHOUT HER CHILDREN
      Associated Press, 4/1/04
      http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Midwest/04/01/us.deportation.ap/

      CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Muslim woman fighting to remain in the United
      States was deported to her native Venezuela without her three
      American-born children.

      Immigration officials put Amina Silmi on a flight to Caracas on
      Wednesday.

      Silmi, of the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, Ohio, was born in
      Venezuela to Palestinian parents. She came to the United States in
      1990, married twice and had three children without attaining legal
      residency.

      Her second husband was deported in December after being convicted of
      trafficking in food stamps before their marriage.

      In 2001, an immigration judge ordered her to be deported. Her appeals
      were exhausted on March 18.

      Silmi left her children, ages 5, 6 and 12 and all U.S. citizens, in
      the care of a sister. She has no family or friends in Venezuela.

      Because of immigration violations, she is barred from returning to
      the United States for 10 years...

      Opponents say Silmi did not receive due process and characterized her
      plight as a civil rights issue.

      "It's very easy to scapegoat immigrants," said Julia Shears, director
      of the Cleveland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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