A Palestinian woman’s efforts to remain in the United States with her three U.S.-born children suffered a setback last week when a federal appeals board declined to reopen her case. On Thursday, the Board of Immigration Appeals of the U.S. Department of Justice dismissed Amina Silmi’s motion to have her case sent back to immigration courts for another hearing, effectively upholding her court-ordered deportation to Venezuela, where she was born. Silmi’s lawyers said they quickly appealed the ruling to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and Silmi, 35, remains in federal detention in Trumbull County. She was to be deported to Venezuela Feb. 4 after living in America for 12 years without a visa. Friends and supporters of the Muslim woman succeeded in halting her deportation so that appeals could be heard.


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