Feds Can Keep Muslim Leader Out of U.S.
A federal appeals court found that the government can bar a Muslim leader from re-entering the United States, and said a district judge lacked jurisdiction to permit the man’s return. The decision Wednesday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s ruling that would have allowed Sabri Samirah, head of the United Muslim Americans Association, to return to the United States for an immigration hearing after a visit to Jordan. Samirah, 36, is a Jordanian citizen who has lived in the United States for 15 years and has three children who are U.S. citizens. He said he left for Jordan in December to visit his sick mother. On the way back Jan. 18, he was stopped at an Irish airport and told he would not be allowed to re-enter the United States. U.S. officials there cited national security concerns and problems with his immigration status. He has since returned to Jordan. Federal officials have not specified why they consider Samirah a threat. Full Story