INS grants parole to Delaware Muslim with sick children
(Alhamdulillah, praise be to God.) A Delaware Muslim held pending deportation to Pakistan has been granted a humanitarian parole by the INS. That move came on the same day that an Islamic civil rights group requested the parole based on the medical needs of the family's two American-born children.
A representative of the Immigration and Naturalization Service's Philadelphia District Office called the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) late today to say the parole had been granted and that concerned Muslims no longer need contact the office to support the group's request. (Earlier in the day, CAIR issued an "Action Alert" to Muslims nationwide asking that they contact the INS District Office about the case.)
The man granted parole had been detained by the INS on an eight-year-old deportation order. (The family's request for asylum was denied at that time.) Two of his children are American citizens who have severe congenital conditions that require round-the-clock medical care.
The children's physicians say it is unlikely that they would be able to obtain adequate long-term treatment or therapy for these conditions if their mother and father, who have been responsible for their care, are deported to Pakistan.
"We thank INS Acting District Director Theodoro Nordmark for recognizing that the law is not incompatible with mercy. His compassionate decision will help two American children who are in desperate need of both proper medical care and their parent's support," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.