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1/1 San Antonio, TX: Tell ICE: Release Palestinian Family NOW!
Released 02 January 2007  By Arab American Community Coalition

Tell ICE: Release Palestinian Family NOW!
From: nicajg@panix.com

January 1, 2006

NOTE: the cell phone # for San Antonio ICE Field Office Director Marc Moore is
(210) 347-6414 (office phone is 210-967-7175 as listed below).

A suggested message: Why is the Ibrahim family being detained? They are clearly
not a flight risk or a threat to society. Jail is no place for a pregnant
mother and her young children. They are perfect candidates for release under
supervision. Why are you punishing them with detention at taxpayer expense?

Pasted below are:

1) Urgent Action for Ibrahim Family from Arab American Community Coalition
2) Sample letter to Congress members (also from AACC)*
3) Article by Greg Moses from the Electronic Intifada, 12/29/06
4) Article by Greg Moses from Counterpunch, 12/28/06

* The sample letter from AACC addresses the family's removal order, their
asylum case and their situation in detention. It is probably best not to mix
these issues, and to focus your messages instead on the strictly humanitarian
issue: the family should be released "under supervision" immediately. Sometimes
mentioning the legal issues surrounding the case will lead officials to say
they cannot get involved in such matters.

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1) Urgent Action for Ibrahim Family from Arab American Community Coalition

Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2006 17:49:28 -0800 (PST)
From: Amin Odeh <odehamin@yahoo.com>;
To: AACC AACC- List <aacc@npogroups.org>;
Subject: [aacc_local] Please Help Save a Family

Start the New Year off Right, Please Help Save a Family

The Arab American Community Coalition (theaacc.org) has just learned of an
entire Palestinian family - the Ibrahims - being held in jail in Texas while
waiting an unjustified deportation. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) grabbed the family of five in a Gestapo-like raid on November 3, 2006.

The Ibrahims came to the United States legally and applied for asylum. They
have been honest and forthright with immigration from the beginning. They were
denied asylum and have filed to reopen their asylum case. In the meantime, the
family is to be deported and is being held in jail! As an American citizen, the
2-year-old daughter was ripped from her mother's arms and is in a foster home.

The plot thickens:

To make matters worse, as Palestinian refugees from the Occupied Palestinian
Territories they have no travel documents. The US government has attempted to
obtain Jordanian passports for the family but the applications were denied. The
family will have to languish another month in jail while ICE contacts the
Israeli embassy. Even though Israel has no jurisdiction to issue travel
documents to Palestinians to the Occupied Palestinian Territories , ICE insists
on contacting Israel . In the past, Israel has issued illegal documents with
ICE flying deportees into Tel Aviv and the deportees marched across the border
to the West Bank in Palestine . It is extremely dangerous for Palestinians to
enter Palestine with Israeli travel documents. The family would be marked with
suspicion.

The family in jail:

The pregnant mother, Hanan Ahmad, is in one cell with her 5-year-old
daughter, Fatem. The 7- and 12-year-old sisters - Maryam and Rodaina - share
another cell. The 15-year-old boy, Hamzeh, is in yet another cell at T. Don
Hutto jail. The father and husband, Salaheddin Ibrahim, is being held in
another jail in Haskell , Texas . Born in the US , the youngest daughter, only
2-years-old, is living with strangers in a foster home.

The little 5-year-old girl, Faten, is constantly getting in trouble with the
guards for not standing still during population counts, which are taken four
times daily. Maryam, the 7-year-old cries for her mother at night. Maryam,
Rodaina and Hamzeh have missed nearly two months of school. The children miss
their father, their baby sister, other family members and friends. The pregnant
mother feels sick, tired and overwhelmed. The family is separated and scared
not knowing what the future holds.

Not only is this a waste of our tax dollars ($95 per person per day), it is
inhumane and unjust!

What can you do?

Please contact ICE Field Office Director, Marc Jeffery Moore, @ 210-967-7175
and ask him to release the family [under supervision]. You can also contact
U.S. Department of Homeland Security @ Operator Number: 202-282-8000 or Comment
Line: 202-282-8495

If you live in Texas , please contact your Senators and State Representative
and ask him or her to intercede in this tragic story. Click on the link below
to find out who represents you in the Congress.
http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.htm

You can either right your own letter or use sample letters attached to this
email [pasted below].

Donate money.
Legal fees to save the Ibrahim family will be costly. Please send checks
payable to:
"Arab American Community Coalition" Legal Defense - Ibrahim Family to:
P.O. Box 31642 , Seattle , WA 98103 .

All donations are tax-deductible with 100% of your donation going to the
Ibrahim Family. Please don't forget to check if your organization has a
matching program.

For more information please contact info@theaacc.org

Also you can check the links below;
http://www.counterpunch.org/moses12282006.html

Video showing the family on local news
http://www.nbc5i.com/video/10471070/index.html

Thank you,

The Arab American Community Coalition

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2) Sample letter to Congress members (also from AACC)

Sample Letter/Email

January 2007

Congressman Sam Johnson
2929 North Central Expressway, Suite 240
Richardson, TX 75080
http://www.house.gov/formsamjohnson/IMA/issue.htm

Congressman Sam Johnson,

I am urging you to take action in stopping the removal proceedings against the
Salaheddin Ibrahim family and join in their petition for asylum. If the family
is to be deported, I am urging you to take action in releasing the Hanan Ahmad
and Salaheddin Ibrahim family of Dallas, Texas from the T. Don Hutto jail
during their deportation proceedings.

The Ibrahim family, which includes Hanan Ahmad, Salaheddin Ibrahim, their
15-year-old son, Hamzeh, and their 12-, 7- and 5-year-old daughters - Rodaina,
Maryam, and Fatem, is being held at the T. Don Hutto jail in Taylor, Texas
while they await deportation. As a U.S. citizen, the youngest daughter of just
2-years is separated from her family and living with strangers in a foster
home. Not only are the children suffering, frightened and missing their baby
sister, Hanan is pregnant and feeling ill.

The family has committed no crime, are not deemed a threat to the United States
or are a flight risk. The three eldest children were enrolled and attending
school until their arrest November 3, 2006. The Ibrahim family has been honest
and forthright with Immigration communicating with them throughout the five
years that they have lived in this country.

Thank you for your support of the Ibrahim family's humanitarian cause and in
stopping their deportation from the United States and their release from jail.

Respectfully,

Your Name
Your Full Mailing Address

cc: Senator John Cornyn
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

Senator John Cornyn
Occidental Tower, Suite 1150
5005 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75244
http://cornyn.senate.gov/index.asp?f=contact&lid=1

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
10440 North Central Expressway, Suite 1160
Dallas, TX 75231-2231
http://hutchison.senate.gov/e-mail.htm

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3) Article by Greg Moses from the Electronic Intifada, 12/29/06

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article6328.shtml

4) Article by Greg Moses from Counterpunch, 12/28/06

http://www.counterpunch.org/moses12282006.html


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