Petition update

Tell ICE NOT TO DEPORT SADAT while his case is pending before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

Abriel Young
Austin, TX, United States

Aug 12, 2017 — Yesterday, August 11, 2017, Sadat Ibrahim's lawyer filed two pleadings at the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA): One explains why the BIA should reopen Sadat's case. The other asks for a halt to Sadat's removal* (* "removal" is the current legal word for what everyone else calls "deportation).

Sadat's lawyer explains that his case should be reopened for at least two reasons.

The first is that when he was incarcerated in a Georgia detention center by ICE, the evidence that Sadat's family sent from Ghana to help him prove his case did not get to Sadat. The detention center did not even tell Sadat that he had received a package from his family in Ghana. Instead, the officers put the evidence in the library! Sadat was not allowed to show the immigration judge crucial evidence that would have helped prove that as a gay man, Sadat would be in grave danger if deported to Ghana. Keeping this evidence from Sadat was a terrible miscarriage of justice.

Second, there is overwhelming evidence that men who have sex with men are persecuted in Ghana, both by government agents and vigilante groups. The vigilante groups that advertise their odious views and violent anti-gay activities on Facebook and otherwise; academic experts who study Ghana; and human right groups all demonstrate that Sadat, like other known gay men, are at risk in Ghana.

The BIA has compelling reasons to interrupt Sadat's deportation and reopen his case. But will ICE deport Sadat before the BIA makes its decision?



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