March 3, 2020
Mohammed's Victory
Mohamed is a Palestinian undocumented immigrant who was flagged by the FBI for having “terrorist affiliations”. Mohamed was in a detention center for over a year and couldn’t be deported because he was considered “stateless” given his Palestinian nationality. 

Mohamed Emad is a Palestinian undocumented immigrant who has lived in the US for over twenty years. The FBI had been working a case against one of Mohamed’s coworkers and, through their investigation, learned of Mohamed’s undocumented status. He was never associated with the case under investigation, but the FBI still issued a memo accusing him of “terrorist affiliations.” 

In 2016, the FBI planted two informants that worked with Mohamed’s co-worker to engage in the illegal purchase of guns. As a result of the operation, Mohamed’s co-worker was arrested and is currently in litigation fighting pending charges. Although Mohamed was not involved in the purchase of guns and the FBI never pressed charges against him, ICE used the information from the FBI to identify him as an undocumented immigrant, begin deportation proceedings against him, and keep him detained. 

Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) came into contact with Mohamed Emad in April of 2019. He had been in a detention center for over a year and couldn’t be deported because he was considered “stateless” given his Palestinian nationality. In collaboration with the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), his immigration attorney Marc Christopher, and the Solange MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, we were able to get him out of detention by May of the same year.  Helping him return home to his family took building community pressure, meetings, press conferences, among other ongoing efforts.

On behalf of Mohamed, a habeas corpus petition was submitted in federal court to challenge the government’s authority to detain Mohamed without due process. Formal complaints were also filed in the United States Eastern District Court detailing how Mohamed had been racially profiled and targeted by the FBI, as well as the lack of medical care he experienced while in detention and the disregard for his religious practices. 

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