Immigration officials say they’ve tried to remove convicted criminal from the U.S. but no country will take him
HUEYTOWN, Alabama – Federal authorities said they have tried to remove a Palestinian man who has been arrested 35 times in 12 years in Alabama, but said other countries have refused to take him.
Sofyan Eldani, 45, was arrested by Hueytown police earlier this week after he was found during a traffic stop to be in possession of crack cocaine. Police Chief Chuck Hagler said he was frustrated to find out that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were familiar with the convicted felon, but couldn’t send him to his native country because the U.S. doesn’t recognize Palestine as a country. Eldani said he is a native of Palestine, though he carries an Egyptian passport.
Keep this in mind when one politician or another brags about how many illegal aliens they’ve “deported.” In bureaucratic legalese, Mr. Eldani has been “deported,” simply because the paperwork process to deport him was commenced.