An Egyptian immigrant in the U.S. on a student visa is getting deported after making threatening remarks about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
According to the website Egyptian Streets, Emad El-Din Ali Mohamed Nasr El Sayed, was arrested three weeks ago after police say he posted a death threat against Trump on Facebook.
“I am willing to kill Donald Trump and serve a life sentence,” El Sayed said on Facebook. “[T]he whole world would thank me for doing that.”
It may or may not have been serious, but in any case it appears likely to cost El Sayed. He was arrested by local police Feb. 12.
While El Sayed initially faced a charge of making an illegal threat, authorities apparently decided to drop it and instead simply revoked his student visa. That means El Sayed will have to return to Egypt. Interestingly, authorities apparently based the revocation of his visa not on the threats, but on evidence that he had recently ended his enrollment at Universal Air Academy, a flight school in Los Angeles that he was attending.
Hani Bushra, one of El Sayed’s attorneys, told Egyptian Streets that the flight school was pressured to terminate El Sayed’s enrollment so that he could be deported. Bushra claimed authorities did so because the criminal case wasn’t strong enough.
“It is unfortunate that the immigration judge did not see that Emad’s placement in removal proceedings came after law enforcement failed to file and sustain criminal charges against Emad, and therefore resorted to punishing him in different way,” he said.
Another hearing will be held on the case March 4.
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