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CAIR-Cleveland: Supporters to Rally for Youngstown Business Owner on Hunger Strike, Detained By ICE

(CLEVELAND, OH, 1/20/18) – On Sunday, January 21, family, friends and supporters of Youngstown-area businessman Amer Othman Adi will rally to protest his detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Adi, who is being held at Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown, is currently on a hunger strike to protest his detention.

WHAT: Rally and Vigil in support of hunger striking Palestinian Arab businessman and his US citizen family.

WHEN: Sunday, January 21, 2-4 p.m.

WHERE: Northeast Ohio Correctional Center 2240 Hubbard Road, Youngstown Ohio 44505

CONTACT: Julia A. Shearson, CAIR-Cleveland executive director, 216.440.2247 or

“No one in America should be forced to go through the bureaucratic nightmare that has ensnared this family. Mr. Adi has never had a proper review of his case. If he had, he would have been a citizen a long time ago,” said CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia A. Shearson, who attended a rally today at an Adi family business in downtown Youngstown.

Adi, who was prepared to voluntarily leave the country with his wife, presented himself at what was to be a routine check-in meeting with ICE on January 16. However, Adi, who was in the company of Congressman Tim Ryan and his immigration attorney David Leopold, was inexplicably detained by ICE officials. Fidaa, his American wife of 30 years, was left in tears without her husband. Such heart-wrenching separations are increasingly being inflicted on American families due to the broken immigration system.

Adi, who has owned and operated more than a half-dozen businesses in the Youngstown area, is credited with helping to revitalize the downtown area after opening Downtown Circle Convenience which served as an anchor business. The family-run business provides a grocery store in the front and a popular restaurant and hookah and sports bar in the back. Adi’s wife and four adult daughters are all US citizens. His congressman, state senator, local clergy and people of all walks of life have rallied to support the popular businessman in an effort to get a stay of deportation so that his case could get a full review.

SEE: ICE moves businessman to prison because of hunger strike

LISTEN: In a Week of Twists, Congress Steps Into the Deportation Case of Amer Adi

SEE: Youngstown man, spared deportation recently, arrested pending deportation (photos)

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: Julia A. Shearson, CAIR-Cleveland executive director, 216.440.2247 or, Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR National Communications Director, 202.744.7726,


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