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>> Sreenivasan: BEFORE THE

COVID-19 PANDEMIC, DEPORTATIONS

OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS AND

THE POLICIES SURROUNDING THE

PROCESS WERE A REGULAR PART OF

NEWS COVERAGE.

DURING THE CURRENT CRISIS, NEWS

ABOUT DEPORTATIONS AND

IMMIGRATION, LIKE MANY OTHER

ISSUES, HAS NOT BEEN AS

PROMINENT.

BUT ONE MAN'S RECENT REMOVAL

FROM THE UNITED STATES CAUGHT

THE ATTENTION OF HIS OWN

COMMUNITY AND BEYOND.

NEWSHOUR WEEKEND SPECIAL

CORRESPONDENT TOM CASCIATO HAS

OUR STORY.

>> Reporter: PEEKSKILL, NEW

YORK, SITS ON THE EASTERN BANK

OF THE HUDSON RIVER, A FORMER

FACTORY TOWN NOW MORE A HAVEN

FOR ARTISTS.

IT'S ABOUT AN HOUR'S COMMUTE

FROM NEW YORK CITY.

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AMONG ITS MANY CHARMS: IT'S A

GREAT PLACE TO SEE WINTERING

BALD EAGLES.

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THESE SHOTS BELONG TO A NOTABLE

LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER WHO SHARED

THEM ON A POPULAR FACEBOOK PAGE.

HIS NAME IS HAZAEA ALOMAISI.

HE'S KNOWN BY HIS NICKNAME:

ANWAR.

>> MY GIRLFRIEND AND I WERE HERE

PHOTOGRAPHING EAGLES, AND I HAVE

A PROFESSIONAL CAMERA THAT I

HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO USE.

HE NOTICED AND HE CAME OVER AND

HE SHOWED ME HOW TO USE IT AND

WHAT SETTINGS TO HAVE, WHICH

LENS TO PUT ON.

HE WAS VERY, VERY NICE.

>> HE WAS JUST LIKE THAT.

HE WAS A LOVABLE PERSON, AND

VERY CARING, VERY CONSIDERATE OF

OTHERS.

>> I FIRST MET ANWAR WHEN HE WAS

WORKING AT A LOCAL GAS STATION.

>> Reporter: MOST PEOPLE DON'T

MAKE FRIENDS WITH THEIR GAS

STATION ATTENDANT.

THIS GATHERING OF ALOMAISI'S

FRIENDS IN THE BIRD-LOVING

COMMUNITY TOOK PLACE SHORTLY

BEFORE NEW YORK'S GOVERNOR

ORDERED THE END OF SOCIAL

GATHERINGS.

THEY CAME TOGETHER TO TALK ABOUT

HIM BECAUSE SUDDENLY HE WAS

GONE.

HE HAD SPENT 22 YEARS IN THE

UNITED STATES, LIVING, WORKING

AND PAYING TAXES THEY SAID.

THE FACT THAT HE HAD NEVER

BECOME A CITIZEN WASN'T AN

ISSUE.

>> HERE I AM.

A JEWISH GUY, OKAY?

PRETTY MUCH BORN AND RAISED IN

THIS AREA WITH A MUSLIM AS NOW

ONE OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS.

>> Reporter: ANDY STARR IS A

SALES AND MARKETING CONSULTANT

AND WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER WHO

OFTEN WENT OUT TAKING PICTURES

WITH ALOMAISI.

>> I DON'T KNOW THE LEGALITIES,

BUT FROM, FROM A CIVIL RIGHTS

STANDPOINT, FROM A HUMAN RIGHTS

STANDPOINT, I THINK THEY GOT THE

WRONG GUY.

>> Reporter: THE LEGALITIES ARE

COMPLICATED.

ALOMAISI HAD FIRST BEEN TOLD TO

LEAVE THE STATES IN 2005, BUT

THE ORDER WAS NOT ENFORCED.

>> AT THAT TIME, IT WAS NOT

UNCOMMON FOR SOMEBODY TO GO

THROUGH THE PROCESS OF, YOU

KNOW, HAVING A HEARING IN FRONT

OF AN IMMIGRATION JUDGE AND

ENDING UP WITH A DEPORTATION

ORDER, WITH A REMOVAL ORDER AND

NOT LEAVING.

>> Reporter: ATTORNEY CAMILLE

MACKLER DIRECTS THE NONPROFIT

IMMIGRANT ADVOCATES RESPONSE

COLLECTIVE.

SHE SAYS ENFORCEMENT HAS CHANGED

FROM PRESIDENT TO PRESIDENT.

>> SO, DURING THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION, WE REALLY SAW A

HUGE INCREASE IN ENFORCEMENT

AGAINST IMMIGRANTS.

I MEAN, YOU'LL REMEMBER

PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS VERY

FAMOUSLY LABELED THE "DEPORTER

IN CHIEF."

>> Reporter: BUT UNDER OBAMA,

ICE'S PRIORITY WAS TO DEPORT

PERSONS WHO POSED A THREAT TO

PUBLIC SAFETY, OR WERE MORE

RECENT ARRIVALS.

OTHERS WERE TREATED MORE

LENIENTLY.

>> AND SO, INDIVIDUALS WHO HAD

BEEN HERE FOR A LONG TIME, EVEN

LIVING WITH DEPORTATION ORDERS,

BUT HAD SORT OF KEPT LIVING

HERE, KEPT CONTRIBUTING TO THEIR

COMMUNITIES, KEPT GROWING THEIR

TIES TO THE UNITED STATES, WERE

SEEN AS A LOWER PRIORITY AND

THEREFORE ALLOWED TO STAY.

>> Reporter: IN 2011, ALOMAISI

RECEIVED WHAT'S CALLED AN "ORDER

OF SUPERVISION," MEANING HE

WOULD NOW CHECK IN REGULARLY

WITH AN IMMIGRATION OFFICER.

BUT REGULAR CHECK-INS WEREN'T

NECESSARILY ENOUGH WHEN

PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OFFICE.

ICE'S NEW MANDATE WAS TO DEPORT

THE UNDOCUMENTED.

PERIOD.

LAST FALL ANDY STARR ACCOMPANIED

HIS FRIEND ON A TRIP TO THE

IMMIGRATION OFFICE.

>> I SAW A LEDGER THAT HE HAD TO

SIGN ON A REGULAR BASIS WITH

IMMIGRATION.

EVERY SIX MONTHS, NINE MONTHS,

12 MONTHS, HE WOULD HAVE TO GO

DOWN TO FEDERAL PLAZA, MEET WITH

HIS CASEWORKER AND SIGN IN.

HE WENT TO SIGN IN AND HIS

CASEWORKER TOLD HIM TO COME BACK

IN 30 DAYS.

AND HE THOUGHT THAT WAS UNUSUAL.

SO, HE WAS THINKING SOMETHING'S

UP.

>> Reporter: SOMETHING WAS UP.

IN JANUARY ANOTHER FRIEND OF

ALOMAISI'S, THE MAYOR OF

PEEKSKILL, ANDRE RAINEY,

RECEIVED AN UNEXPECTED PHONE

CALL.

>> AND HE WAS JUST SAYING, "HEY,

YOU KNOW, ANDRE, I NEED YOUR

HELP, MAN.

I'M IN A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

IN NEW JERSEY AND ICE PICKED ME

UP."

"ICE PICKED YOU UP?

FOR WHAT?

WHAT ARE THEY PICKING YOU UP

FOR?"

AND THEN I GOT THE CALL TUESDAY,

THE NEXT DAY, THAT ANWAR WAS

GONE.

>> Reporter: ALOMAISI SAYS

DESPITE TELLING ICE OFFICIALS HE

FEARED FOR HIS SAFETY IF HE WAS

RETURNED TO YEMEN, HE WAS

DEPORTED IN LATE JANUARY, BEFORE

HE HAD A CHANCE TO SEE A LAWYER,

TO A COUNTRY IN THE MIDST OF

CIVIL WAR.

>> EVEN THE ANIMALS HERE IN

YEMEN ARE PAYING THE PRICE.

EVEN THE ANIMALS HERE ARE PAYING

THE PRICE.

IT'S THE WAR AND IT'S VERY SAD.

>> Reporter: DO YOU HOPE TO

RETURN NOW TO THE UNITED STATES?

>> YES.

IT IS LIKE A DREAM.

IT'S LIKE GOING TO HEAVEN.

IT'S LIKE YOU'RE GOING FROM HELL

TO HEAVEN.

>> Reporter: IN THE STATES, HE

HAD BEEN ACTIVE PROTESTING HUMAN

RIGHTS ABUSES IN YEMEN.

HE SAYS THAT MAKES HIM A TARGET

NOW, AND HIS LIFE IS IN DANGER.

>> I HAVE TO HIDE, AND I THANK

GOD MY UNCLES HAS FRIENDS OVER

HERE.

THEY CAN TAKE ME EVERY MORNING

FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER PLACE.

AND I STAY IN THE BACK SEAT AND

THE CAR HAS TINT.

>> Reporter: ALOMAISI'S

DEPORTATION DREW NATIONAL

ATTENTION WHEN IT OCCURRED.

DEMOCRATIC SENATORS ELIZABETH

WARREN AND CHUCK SCHUMER TOOK UP

HIS CAUSE ON TWITTER.

HIS LAWYER SAYS HE HAS RIGHTS

UNDER U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL

LAW.

KAI DE GRAAF.

DOESN'T THE UNITED STATES HAVE

THE RIGHT TO DEPORT SOMEONE

LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES WHO

IS NOT A UNITED STATES CITIZEN?

>> YES, THE UNITED STATES DOES

HAVE LEGAL RIGHTS TO DEPORT

THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE UNLAWFULLY

PRESENT WITHIN ITS BORDERS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE UNITED

STATES IS A SIGNATORY TO AN

INTERNATIONAL TREATY.

OUR LEGAL CLAIM IS THAT BASED ON

THE CHANGE COUNTRIES

CIRCUMSTANCES IN YEMEN, HE IS

ELIGIBLE UNDER THE LAW TO SEEK

PROTECTION IN THE FORM OF

POLITICAL ASYLUM, WITHHOLDING OF

REMOVAL AND FOR RELIEF UNDER THE

CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE.

>> Reporter: A FORMER OBAMA

SECURITY OFFICIAL, AND NOW A

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE IN

ALOMAISI'S FORMER DISTRICT,

EVELYN FARKAS, IS BACKING

ALOMAISI AS WELL.

>> SO, MY TEAM LOOKED INTO WHO

ANWAR ALOMAISI WAS/IS.

AND WE FOUND NOTHING IN HIS

RECORD THAT WE COULD ASCERTAIN

WAS PROBLEMATIC.

IN FACT, HE WAS HERE FOR 20

YEARS.

HE ATTENDED WESTCHESTER COUNTY

COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

HE WAS AN AVID NATURE LOVER.

HE WAS A PHOTOGRAPHER.

HE ACTUALLY ONCE RESCUED A SNOWY

OWL AND RETURNED IT TO A SAFE

SANCTUARY.

>> Reporter: WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE

OF A PANDEMIC, A NATIONAL

CRISIS.

WHY SHOULD WE BE PAYING

ATTENTION TO THIS STORY RIGHT

NOW?

>> BECAUSE, FIRST OF ALL,

INTERNATIONAL LAW IS MOST

IMPORTANT WHEN WE'RE IN A

CRISIS.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I'VE

LEARNED AS A NATIONAL SECURITY

PROFESSIONAL.

WE PUT THEM IN PLACE SO THAT WE

WOULD HAVE HUMAN RIGHTS

GUARANTEED EVEN DURING WARTIME,

EVEN DURING A PANDEMIC.

AND, YES, WE'RE DISTRACTED BY

OTHER THINGS, BUT IT DOESN'T

MEAN THAT THIS ISN'T AS

IMPORTANT.

IN FACT, I WOULD ARGUE IT'S

MORE IMPORTANT.

>> Reporter: SO, WHAT ARE YOU

ASKING FOR SPECIFICALLY NOW?

>> WE FILED A MOTION TO REOPEN

WITH THE BOARD OF IMMIGRATION

APPEALS, AND WE'RE ASKING THAT

HE BE PROVIDED A HEARING.

SECONDLY, WE ARE ALSO REQUESTING

ICE TO PAROLE ANWAR BACK INTO

THE UNITED STATES SO THAT HE'D

BE GIVEN THE HEARING THAT HE HAD

REQUESTED WHILE HE WAS BEING

FORCED ON AN AIRPLANE AND

DEPORTED BACK TO YEMEN.

>> Reporter: U.S. IMMIGRATION

AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT, ICE,

DID NOT RESPOND TO NEWSHOUR

WEEKEND'S REQUEST FOR AN

INTERVIEW.

THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE'S

BOARD OF IMMIGRATION APPEALS

RESPONDED THAT IT DOES NOT GRANT

INTERVIEWS.

BUT CASES LIKE ALOMAISI'S ARE

HARD TO REOPEN, SAYS ATTORNEY

CAMILLE MACKLER.

>> ONCE THAT REMOVAL ORDER HAS

BEEN EXECUTED, ONCE THE

INDIVIDUAL IS OUT OF THE UNITED

STATES, IT IS INCREDIBLY

DIFFICULT TO HAVE THEM GRANTED,

BECAUSE OFTEN THE GOVERNMENT

AGENCIES WILL TAKE THE POSITION

THAT THEY NO LONGER HAVE

JURISDICTION OVER THAT

INDIVIDUAL.

SO, ON ITS FACE, IT'S A VERY,

VERY, VERY DIFFICULT CASE TO

WIN.

>> Reporter: ALOMAISI IS ONE OF

AT LEAST 3.7 MILLION PERSONS

DEPORTED DURING THE OBAMA AND

TRUMP ADMINISTRATIONS.

NO DOUBT HE'S NOT THE FIRST OF

THEM TO LOVE AMERICA.

BUT HE MAY BE THE MOST

ACCOMPLISHED AT DOCUMENTING ITS

NATIONAL SYMBOL.

>> AND BALD EAGLES ARE MY

FAVORITE BIRDS, AND I LOVE THEM

SO MUCH.

AND I SPEND ALL DAY BY THE RIVER

IN THE COLD WEATHER JUST WAITING

TO GET THEM.

AND JUST THE WAY THEY FLY.

THEY JUST, YOU KNOW, I SPEND

ALMOST FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET.

I NEVER GET TIRED OF THEM.

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>> HOW IRONIC, TAKIN' PICTURES

OF THE BALD EAGLE, THE AMERICAN

SYMBOL, IT'S JUST...

>> Reporter: HE WAS NOT A

CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES,

BUT HE RESIDED HERE.

>> YOUR PAPERWORK MAY NOT SAY

SO, BUT WE CONSIDER HIM A

CITIZEN.

PAPERWORK DOESN'T ALWAYS SAY

EVERYTHING.

>> IT'S HARD.

JUST THE FACT THAT HE'S IN

DANGER.

HIS LIFE IS IN DANGER EVERY DAY.

AND KNOWING THAT THERE'S NOTHING

THAT YOU CAN DO.

I MESSAGED HIM YESTERDAY AND

ASKED HIM IF HE WANTED ME TO

MENTION ANYTHING ON HIS BEHALF.

AND HE JUST SAID THAT, THAT HE

WANTS TO COME HOME AS SOON AS

POSSIBLE.

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