- Deported after wishing Americans dead. Hispanic judge ordered his deportation after he lied to immigration officials
- Gaafar Mohammed Ebrahim al-Wazer hid his relationship with anti-American insurgents in Yemen
- He sparked the concern of the Secret Service when he gave up his immigration benefits and then scheduled a tour visit to the White House
Deported after wishing Americans dead. A federal judge ordered the deportation of a former Pennsylvania college student accused of lying about his relationship with anti-American insurgents in Yemen, reported the New York Post.
Gaafar Mohammed Ebrahim al-Wazer, a Yemeni national and alumnus of Drexel University, was ordered deported by Judge Juan R. Sánchez in Philadelphia on Thursday for lying to federal immigration officials in 2018 while trying to renew his legal immigration status, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Detained since 2019
Al-Wazer, 26, has been in detention since November 2019 after he tried to schedule a visit to the White House and withdrew his application for immigration renewal while citing the United States’ involvement in the civil war in his native Yemen, he reported. the middle.
FBI counterterrorism investigators had interviewed Al-Wazer in May 2016 about his affiliation with members of the Houthi rebel movement, federal prosecutors said. He denied being aligned with the fighters, whose motto is “Allah is the greatest of all, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory for Islam”, and that he has ever fired a weapon or participated in military training with the group.
Reported on Facebook
But a search on his Facebook profile revealed Al-Wazer being photographed with automatic weapons, including a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, federal prosecutors said.
Another image allegedly showed Al-Wazer in military garb with a rifle at a training ground in the Middle East.
Withdrawn your immigration application
“He hates all Americans, he kills all Americans, especially Jews,” read the caption of one of the photos, court documents show.
In a 2019 letter withdrawing his immigration application, al-Wazer questioned how the United States would help him if he did not support peace in Yemen, according to the Inquirer.
He made an agreement to be deported
“I don’t need you,” al-Wazer wrote. “I have Allah with me.”
He declined to comment on those comments in court Thursday when a judge approved a deal Al-Wazer made with prosecutors for his deportation. The deal was closed after FBI agents found no evidence that the Yemeni national posed an “operational” threat to national security, the Inquirer reported.
Agreement included admitting that he lied
The settlement required Al-Wazer only to admit to lying to federal immigration officials in his 2018 application, according to the report.
“Of course, Al-Wazer has the right to hold and legally express his political and religious views as freely as anyone else in this country, no matter how hateful they may be,” said Assistant United States Attorney Nelson ST Thayer. “However, he shouldn’t have been lying about those beliefs when asked about them by US immigration and counterterrorism officials.”
Secret Service Concerns
Al-Wazer renounced his immigration status in October 2019 and signed up for a White House tour weeks later, raising concerns with the Secret Service. He was arrested days later at his home in Altoona and had been in detention ever since, the Inquirer reported.
Al-Wazer was expected to board a flight to Oman on Thursday night. His lawyer said he had been an exemplary prisoner and spent most of his time improving his English, according to the report.
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