Muslim Woman in Ohio Deported, Leaving Three Children Behind

April 1, 2004

Source: CNN

On April 1, 2004 CNN reported, "A Muslim woman fighting to remain in the United States was deported to her native Venezuela without her three American-born children. Immigration officials put Amina Silmi on a flight to Caracas on Wednesday. Silmi, of the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, Ohio, was born in Venezuela to Palestinian parents. She came to the United States in 1990, married twice and had three children without attaining legal residency. Her second husband was deported in December after being convicted of trafficking in food stamps before their marriage. In 2001, an immigration judge ordered her to be deported. Her appeals were exhausted on March 18. Silmi left her children, ages 5, 6 and 12 and all U.S. citizens, in the care of a sister. She has no family or friends in Venezuela. Because of immigration violations, she is barred from returning to the United States for 10 years."