Arrested 35 Times, Illegal Immigrant Sofyan Eldani Still Not Deported

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In Alabama, federal authorities said they have tried to deport Sofyan Eldani, a Palestinian man, who has been arrested 35 times in 12 years, but several countries have refused to take him.

In addition, news reports claim that because Eldani says he's from Palestine, the U.S. government cannot send him there -- because the country isn't officially recognized. Thus, you can't send a man to a place that doesn't exist.

Eldani's arrests include: assault, fraudulent checks, criminal mischief, resisting arrests, reckless endangerment, shoplifting, burglary, drug possession, failure to appear, probation violation, possession of a drug paraphernalia and DUI.

Last week, Eldani was arrested by Hueytown, Alabama police after he was found during a traffic stop to be in possession of crack cocaine.

Eldani has nine convictions, including four felonies, and served six months in an Alabama prison for receiving stolen property.

Why can't he be deported?

Hueytown, Alabama Police Chief Chuck Hagler claims that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says that Eldani cannot not be deported to Palestine because the U.S. government does not officially recognize Palestine as a country.

Eldani said he is a native of Palestine, though he carries an Egyptian passport.

However, Temple Black, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), released a statement that did not mention Palestine:

"Sofyan Eldani was previously detained by ICE and ordered removed to Egypt. ICE made a travel document request to Egypt. Mr. Eldani made travel document requests to Egypt, Israel and Kuwait."

"When authorities in those countries declined to provide the appropriate travel documents to facilitate Mr. Eldani's removal, he was released from ICE custody due to the Supreme Court's ruling in Zadvydas v. Davis."

"The Zadvydas decision generally allows ICE to detain aliens who are subject to a final order of removal only for a period of time deemed reasonably necessary to effectuate their removal."

"ICE makes every possible effort to remove all final-order aliens within a reasonable period, which the Supreme Court has determined is 180 days. After that period, if the actual removal cannot occur within the reasonably foreseeable future, ICE must release the alien."


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