"Please help us, there is no country greater than this country," is Mohammad Mohammad's plea to the American people. That's his message spoken by cell phone to me as the handyman drove from Alabama to Louisiana to pick up his wife and 18-year-old son, Imad, from an immigration detention center. Federal officials have declared all three illegal immigrants. All three, who have no passports, no traveling documents, are now worried they will be deported.
But the case gets more complicated because Mohammad and his wife, Sana Alsayed have five other children, ages 5, 6, 13, 14 and 17. They were born in the U.S. They are 5 U.S. citizens. And they could remain in the country while their oldest sibling and parents do not.
Mohammad is a Palestinian. He has been in America for 15 years. Mohammad does not understand why the country he loves would drive him out. "I pay taxes for 15 years," he implores. "And I don't have any felonies or any crimes, nothing for 15 years. We respect the law."
That doesn't change the facts. According to his attorney, Mohammad, Sana, and Imad, who was toddler at the time, left Saudi Arabia for the U.S. in 1993. After arriving on a visitor visa, the family petitioned for asylum, but were denied. If deported, Mohammad says he has no place to go to. As for the five children? Mohammad claims an immigration officer told him "don't worry about your kids. we can take care of them here."
The Birmingham News reports that a Republican congressman, Spencer Bachus, is asking for an inquiry.
The lawyer for Mohammad, Douglas Cooner, says he will file a new asylum claim, hoping a court will agree that the circumstances for the family have changed, specifically that the government had 90-days to remove them, but waited nine years before taking action.
Cooner goes one step further when talking about Imad, who before being arrested, was enrolled at a community college. "The oldest son has been here since he is two-years-old,"Cooner says. "He doesn't speak Arabic and was a star athlete in high school."
Mohammad is hopeful he will win his case and that the family of will be together, saying "I brought my kids over here because this is the best place to live in the world. This is the safest place, the safest environment, that's why I came here."
All of those who are against illegal immigrants, why wont you go pick up tomatoes? You all complaint about them, but i am sure you wouldn't do their jobs
illegal immigrants can pay tax if they get a pin number with the gov. The gov. allows this to happen, they know about it and i think the immigrations law should change. It is easy for Americans to judge illegal immigrants, but you have no idea how hard is for them to be here. They come here with hope to give their family a better live and i am sure, if they could do that in their country, they would.
When will the United States government stop allowing automatic citizenship to children born of illegal aliens living in the US?
This family had 15 years to become lawful citizens. If their claims were denied too bad. Those are the laws.
The US needs to stop the flow of illegal aliens in to this country and deport those that are here now. PERIOD.
seriously, let this guy stay. anyone who pays taxes is fine with me
atlhough, i do think they need to change the whole idea that being born here makes you a citizen. I feel like a baby should have to have at least one citizen parents to get citizenship...seems silly just being born on our dirt gets you in...
To ALL illegals: You have NO rights in this country. Take your anchor babies and GET OUT! What part of ILLEGAL don't you understand? Popping out a kid a year doesn't give you, or them, the right to be here. I'm sick of the bleeding hearts in this Country whining about the civil rights of these criminals. They have NO, repeat NO, civil rights if they are here illegally. Just because this family has been her for 15 years, illegally, doesn't give them the right to stay here. Prince William County is getting rid of all the illegals. The rest of the Country needs to follow suit. GET OUT!
I dont think anyone is really looking at the big picture. Aside from the should have's. We are talking about breaking up a family, 5 kids taken away from thier parents for something that happened 15 years ago. In America you can use drugs, starve your kids, neglect and abuse and still not loose your parental rights. But because this man wanted what he thought was the best for his familty and provide them with the
"american way" he is going to be punished by being deported and losing his family. The punishment dont fit the crime by any means. If deporting them ALL was as easy as some of you are making it sound dont't you think ALL of them would be sitting on an airplane right now?
He should not be here. We are in NO position to be helping or paying for people to use public services. He should be in the back of the line.
I think you are all full of it! Get with it, Im so sick and tired of hearing people say, "they steal our jobs" "they are immigrants" and blah blah blah. Now how many of you "Americans" would actually get your butt out in them fields or warehouses and bust your butt for min. wage> NOT ONE OF YOU, instead you prefer to live off the dam system and collect welfare!
"Immigrants" do all the hard work that Americans are too dam lazy to do!
Most "immigrants" pay taxes, work hard, and are no harm to the world. People need to STOP being so judgemental and you all need to stop stereotyping people of different races!
Hell yeah ship their asses out of here. I tired of all these illegals, after they get caught , complaing about this or that. I you break the law you must face the consequences. And for all the Americans saying we should not worry about these "good " illegals. You got to start some where
Send them all packing. And all the cry babies that think they should stay can go with them.
People might want to remember that the US, or any country for that matter, is under no obligation to accept any immigrants at all.
Five-sixths of the world would improve their standard of living by moving to the US. So that means we should accept them all, just to do "what's right"?
Why would you have 5 kids knowing that you have the chance of eventually being deported?? I hate that the family has to be seperated like that, but the law is the law...and they are NOT law abiding if they have been here illegally all these years! What makes them deserve special treatment??
i think those who agree he should stay are probably illegals supporting your fellow illegals and causing us tax payers more money
i believe that if you live in America you should be a citizen or at least become a citizen. it would be the same if i went to another country. so maybe they should not have had kids or ,aybe they should have had some security and became citizens.
What's so hard about this. Come in legally and stay. Come in illegally and get sent back. If you come here and have children that should not make you automatically free to stay. If you go...your children go with you. Depending on where you are orginally from, the children may have dual citizenship and they can come back LEGALLY when they come of age or if not then they can come back the correct way when they come of age...but until then, they are your responsibility and all you do by entering illegally is showing them the wrong way to go about things. Go back and do it right and we welcome you.
the law is the law send them back they have had enough time to try to get legal bye bye
Should they be deported? Yes. But they probably will not, because the media already has this case won. In this day and age, justice does not prevail. The media does. Thank you media.
Come on now! God made us all! And he has a right to be here just like everyone else! Like someone else said we are wasting our tax money on things like this? when we have citizen's that are killing their kids??? I just don't understand why anyone thinks they are better than anyone else!
I have a hard time with this one. He came here legally on a visitors visa, and just never left – they tried for asylum, but how long did that take before it was denied. If you want to not have people illegally in the country, once their "options" are up, they should be deported immediately. Why was there a 19 year gap? He did work, pay his taxes, and his entire family stayed out of trouble, and didn't hurt anyone. I think that after this long they have proved that they are law abiding citizens that, in my opinion, should be welcomed into this country. They have proved their worth by not being a burden on the Government, and abiding by the laws set forth by the Government. If the Government can't do their job when it should be done, why is this family being penalized. You need to focus your energies on the illegals that are causing trouble, and focusing on doing your jobs when it should have been done, not 19 years after the fact!
Perhaps we sould deport those who did not do thier job. A person here ILLEGALLY for 15 years??? If I go to another Country & enter Illegally guess what would happen to me? So Why Should I treat someone who is here ILLEGALLY any different? My Great GrandParents came to this Country by Legal means, LEARNED the Language Became Citizens Why Should someone else just walk in & say I'm Here to stay without having to pay the price? I Lost my Job due to Cheap ILLEGAL Labor
& I'm a U.S. Citizen- I can't get any help though I've paid taxes, but they can give welfare & Medical aid to people here ILLEGALLY. You tell me what's wrong with this picture.
First, much of this great country was not built by immigrants, but on the backs and by blood, sweat and tears of many that never had a voice. I’m so tired of hearing people say we are all immigrants, yea right. Some have put in much more work than others without being recognized. MANY benefit from the civil rights laws that ONLY A FEW gave up a lot for. While I never want to see a family split up, the immigration laws of this land have always perplexed and scared me. They did have 15 years to clean this up, and after 9-1-1, that was the first thing that many of my friends that were here on expired visa’s tried to do. We give Cubans automatic citizen ship if they just touch soil here, but Haitians and others are hunted down like dogs. What makes one better than the other.
You did not ABIDE by the law by coming over here. Therefore you broke the law! You knew what you were doing when you came over here and had kids thinking that you could stay because of that. Well your plan did not work so take your kids and you are going back to where you came from.
You knew the consequences, now quit playing the dumb act like you don't understand why you have to go back and thinking we are stupid and saying you did not break the law. How are you able to pay taxes with no documentation? Us Americans have to show so much documentation on everything that it makes our head spin and even more so since 911. You must be lying on taxes if you are paying them or you are not and saying you are. If you are paying taxes you must be getting quite a huge chunk back, especially with all those kids.
This is an unfortunate story. In the end they deserve to be deported. You came here legally but remained here against the orders of the US government. It's sad that their decisions will affect their children's lives but that happens everyday. You should be deported like any other person that chooses to enter (or stay) in the US illegally. I wish you the best.
Had you obeyed the law you would not be in this position.
Very touching story, but the law applies to all, unfortunately Americans are suffering their own problems, and right now is not the time to help others when we can't even help ourselves. This man knew the consequences when he came and took a chance. Sorry Mohammad.
I'm sorry this family is being impacted BUT the parents chose to break the law. The entire family should be deported immediately. I feel the same way for any illegal immigrant, Mexican, Palestinain, or Martian! I don't want to support their kids, the parents were illegal and the kids should be considered illegal as well. I was raised in the farming communities down south and we always had migrant workers during harvest, most were happy to go home at the end of the season. If someone wants to come to America, there are legal ways to accomplish that goal, these people considered themselves above the law and now need to face the music.
With the economic crisis we are currently facing, America cannot be so lenient with ANYONE that feels their rights supercede the law. We cannot continue to support the illegals in this country, we have people in very desperate situations that need our help and they were born here. To anyone that was not born in America to legal citizens to say they have a right to citizenship, I think there are many people who disagree, including me. This is an issue that needs to be addressed, until it is fully addressed, all illegal or "undocumented" aliens should be deported immediately.
It is so funny to read these posts, everyone screams we are a country of laws and everyone should respect them. The law says if a child is born here, he / she is a US citizen. All the haters seem to want to ignore the fact that the 5 kids are US citizens. So if you are so adamnat about departing the parents the step up and be ready to take care of the kids.
I can think of one scenario, the kids go back to the middle east, develop a real hatred for our country and since they are citizens, they can come back as they please as a terrorist.
Mohammad and his family need to be together, because if they do not the children will suffer and the taxpayers will have to help provide for those kids. I am sure Mohammad is working very hard to suport his family, please gave them a chance, family should be together at all times.
I am married to a Mexican citizen, we have been married for 8 years, we did the right thing. The only law he broke was being in the US illegally for longer than 1 year. We applied for a pardon, which is mandatory , it was denied and he was given a 10 year wait period ( he has to stay in mexico before we can reapply). I had to move to Mexico with the violence and raids to be with my husband. Never did he get into any trouble while he was in the US. I have a friend who had the same situation as we do and her husband was in the US longer than mine illegally and he was approved. Why go the "RIGHT" way when all you do is pay thousands of dollars and are told you have been approved for the visa, to be turned down for the pardon and have to pay for the visa(more than $500.00) all over again. I understand why.....do you.... really?
Ok enough of this lamenting.. I feel sorry for this guy and it is a waste of money going after him. We have to remember this is a country of immigrants! whether you have been here 400 years or 1 week, that is why people come here. I never hear native Americans complain about immigration. As long as this guy was not involved in anything illegal, he should stay. It is both his fault and the fault of failed immigration laws so they should both bear the blame. If they deported him way when he applied for asylum, this won't have happened. And yes many Americans go and live illegally in other countries too, so don't be ignorant cc!
send them back, the children with them and all of the other illegal immigrants along with them. this country can not afford to take care of americans, let alone everyone else.
we are going to deport these people? but we don't arrest or prosecute the high rollers who have cheated thousands out of their homes or their savings? does that happen because they are american citizens? let's deport those cheaters and losers. then we would have a better country.
I agree with (My Voice), I feel for them knowing that the father just wants what is best for his family. He works and his son just enrolled in college, why can't they have a chance. it's not like they are abusing the benefits the country has to offer such as housing, food stamps and other freebies that I know for sure other illegal immigrants who don't work and have all these kids and depend on the benefits. Meanwhile, they want to send them back to their country that is a war zone and no opportunities for them nor a place to stay. I think it's wrong, there needs to be some sort of break for people who are trying to make it a better for their family by working hard and obeying the laws. I think they need to focus more on those who are here illegally and committing crimes such as murder, robbery, and joining or creating new gang, these people are a nuisance.
I truly believe that this family deserve a chance. Immigration failed to do it's job 15 years ago and now wanted to destroy this family. May the Lord be with them.
Typical. They enter the country legally, overstay their visas, have kids, become part of the system and then claim they don't want to leave.
As far as I'm concerned, if you are born to an illegal mother you should not be a citizen.
Im not saying that he didnt break the law by coming here illegally. Thats not in dispute but since being here, he has worked hard and paid his taxes which is a hell of a lot more than some Americans. Why should he be punished because of where he was born?\
He has kids who need their parents. Social Services are not equipped to handle the kind of trauma these kids will suffer if their parents are deported. Child Services is underfunded in damn near every state and I wouldnt trust them with my pet let alone 5 vulnerable kids.
Let this poor man and his family stay here.
There have been many stories in the past of Mexican illegal immigrants who have been in the same situation. They initially came with visitor visas, couldn't get asylum, stayed in the United States, ended up residing for years and yearsr, paid taxes, had no criminal history, and had children who became U.S. citizens. Yet the parents have been deported back to Mexico. Why should this family be treated any differently? It's amazing that even a politicial is asking for an inquiry. An inquiry about what? If this family is given special consideration just because of their pleas, so should Mexican immigrants in the exact same circumstances – it's just as sad for Mexican parents to have to make a choice of either being deported back to their country with their American children, or leaving them in the United States. The result of this will be interesting to observe.
My Voice, with unemployment near 10% for us citizens, do you really think allowing Illigals to take our jobs is ok just because they are not criminals? Give me a break.
You should have the job of screening and tracking all imigrants to make sure they are doing the "right" things. Companies in the US are doing hiring freezes, laying off and giving pay cuts. With that said, we should lay off (send back) Illigals, not allow any more green cards (hiring freeze) and cut back on temp cards. Let's get the US going first before we open our doors again.
Deport them!!! I'm tired of my tax money being used for illegals and them reaping all the benefits no of our poor get.
He caused this problem by breaking our laws. Stop blaming us. They should also take the kids when deported – he is still responsibe for providing for them.
Illegal aliens who file income taxes using a fraudulent S.S.number or federal identification number usually qualifies to get more back than they pay in taxes, using the earned income credit. You can bet with 6 kids, his "refund" is the max. That ISN'T contributing to this country.
We have millions of illegal aliens in this country, all with sad stories. The children they have become the responsibility of taxpayers and reap benefits for the entire family. We're losing jobs and seeing wages slashed because somebody decides they will ignore our laws and just take what they want to better themselves. We're all paying the consequences for this behavior.
We've tolerated illegal immigration far too long and now with the former lobbyist for LaRaza being appointed by Obama to head up governmental affairs, you can bet we're going to be settled with another huge amnesty and the billions that will cost.
Enough of these heartwarming stories. Let's hear about the costs and hardships the illegal aliens are causing American and legal residents in their struggle to survive. It seems like defending Americans has become "racist"-even our new President Obama seems to think if you can sneak into the country and punch a timeclock or get on the benefit dole, they should be granted citizenship. Enough is enough.
Yes, it is a sad situation. But the law is the law. He has broken it for 15 years. No means no. If they deny you, then you must leave and try again later. Don't push the limits and then get mad when they make you leave. Don't have 5 kids and use them as leverage either. You knew what the situation would be if you got caught. Now, because of your mistake, us TAXPAYERS will be paying for your kids. I am glad you have been paying taxes, because now we will be paying for YOUR kids. I hate that people come over here illegally, have a bunch of kids, then cry when they get deported.
I believe that immigration laws and citizenship requirements need to be reviewed. Granted, this individual broke the laws our country has in place, however those laws do not always benefit the country. How much would be saved in tax payer dollars if there weren't ridiculous requirement to attain permenent resident or citizenship status? Individuals working to gain us citizenship know more about this country than most public schools teach. Those who are working and paying taxes into our system are not the ones to worry about. I believe that this family should be allowed to remain and we should concentrate our efforts on finding those that are here, working under the table and receiving state and federal aid for the children they had here who became citizens. In Pa, (I am unsure how it is in other states) illegal aliens can get their labor and delivery paid for through welfare, as well as services for "life threatening illness". Then they get benefits for all their citizen children. They of course all state they have no income and because they have no SSNs, there is no way to really prove they do. Apparently they all have these wonderful friends who let them live with them. So maybe we should stop giving illegals anything, stop making their babies auto citizens and help those that are serious about citizenship attain it so they can contribute to our tax system.
My parents came here illegally and our now U.S. Citizens, but when they first came here, they paid taxes, they earned a living never asking for handouts from the system. They contributed a lot to this country, they bought food, clothes, gas, etc., hence they paid taxes on that as well. If they didn't come here illegally I wouldn't be here, my daughter wouldn't be here, sister and brothers. AND ALL of us pay taxes and contribute to this county. To say they are here and don't contribute anything is BS, how do you think they live. And to say to send their children, who were born here, back and say they shouldn't be citizens because their parents were here illegally, that is crap, they are AMERICANS. And if they hire they right attorney they might get to stay here Legally.
I honestly don't understand the concepts of this country now. I don't feel that this is what our founding fathers had in mind. A. illegal immigrints are illegal everybody knows that but what a lot of americans get mad about is the fact that these people have come from nothing and will come here and work for 5.00 dollars less than americans will. Somewhere along the lines American's truly forgot what being American is all about Life,Liberty, and the PURSUIT of Happiness!!!!! When someone wants to make a better life for themselves and there children who are we to say no. B ALL OF US ARE ILLEGAL IMMIGRINTS!!!! C WE AS AMERICA CAME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT AND IF WE DON'T START PUTTING DIFFERENCES ASIDE AND REALINZING OUR KIDS ARE BEING PUNISHED AND GROWING UP WAY BEYOND THEIR YEARS THEN WE AS AMERICAN'S WILL FALL. I hear a lot of people who are frustrated on both sides because there are some pro's and con's to it all. The point is it will cost us as tax payers including the father too much money to support 5 children until the age of 18. Also I for the record I would like to say that we as American's have gotten so hypocritical and contradictory it's astonishing!!!SEVEN POUNDS IS AN EXCELLENT MOVIE AND WILL SMITH DOES AN EXCELLENT JOB SHOWING PEOPLE WHAT IT'S LIKE TO TRULY BE HUMBLED AND GRATEFUL AND ALL OF THE OTHER QUALITIES,MORALS, AND VALUES THAT WE AS A PEOPLE HAVE LOST SIGHT OFF.
I wonder how God views this planet and the rules we've created for ourselves in order to deal with the chaos of a world so populated and divided. Perhaps we should stop looking at countries and borders but look at people themselves. No one owns this land we're living on and yet we continue to act as if we do saying who can come and who can't. We lose the land we "own" if we don't pay our property taxes...so in reality we own nothing. It is an illusion. You are only here for a short time and, hopefully, your existence can contribute to making a better world for us...not so we can live comfortably here on Earth but so that we can have a positive spiritual impact on others. Make your life here on Earth mean something significant.
And for all the complainers of the illegal immigrants, if you voted for George W. Bush for any of his presidential terms, you have aided a system that perpetrated the "abuses" by illegal aliens by keeping their dirty little secret operating because it benefitted them where for them it counts....in their pockets. Not that the Democrats don't have their own problems, but start taking responsibility for your own power to do something....represented by your vote. I've heard people say that it doesn't really matter who they vote for, that it all stays the same. Well, the last eight years of damage shows just how much damage can be done and your vote counts!
We can all get worked up by the nitty gritty, but let's not lose sight of the big picture. We're all human beings with a right to pursue freedom and happiness. Even if you don't believe in God, one cannot deny that living in a world of humanity, kindness and giving is preferable to living in a world of division, hate and intolerance.
I feel for this family, but if you allow one family you have to allow for the millions of others doing it too. They knew they were doing wrong to begin with and to say you got away with it for 15 years is no excuse. I am tired of watching illegals here in my own town apply and receive welfare while working and their kids getting free lunch and school, while I work and try to pay my bills. The illegals a few blocks away bought a better home than mine and paid for it within 3 years!! They drive NEW vehicles and I drive a JUNKER. Also, at my job, I had to sit behind a legal citizen who was working but had two kids with one guy who was incarcerated in Arizona and two kids with another guy incarcerated in Kansas and she received welfare too! I am not talking a little help, I am talking a lot. She made 12.00 an hr and rec'd $500.00 in food stamps, medical cards AND support from the STATE because the kids dads were incarcerated. That amounted to another $800.00 a month CASH, not to mention reduced housing. This country is messed up. I never got a dime support for my son and scraped to get by. It is hard to sit by and watch someone spend all their paychecks on new cell phones, makeup, cameras, CD's, clothes and junk knowing they don't need it for bills.
They knew exactly what they were doing when they decided to stay here illegally. I have no sympathy for them or any of the others. He says he has obeyed the laws of this country? No, he hasn't. He broke the law when he stayed here. They should take their children and leave. Things are bad enough in this country without us having to take care of the 5 kids he leaves behind.
I am not a fan of illegal immigrants but sometimes there are special circumstances that need to be considered.
As sad as this is, it happens all the time. The thing is when people who are citizens of other countries come here and make requests and they are denied and then they decide to stay anyway(break the law) and then have children(anchor babies) and add innocent children into a criminal act thinking by having them that they wont be deported. The law is the law and everyone knows it. Every time a an exception is made because these people who are not allowed to reside here legally purposely have children as their tactic to stay, encourges it to keep happening. Im sorry for the kids who didnt asked to born into a plan to gain residency and or citizenship. There are rules and laws and they have to followed. There are rules and laws in every country.
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