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Kucinich Seeks Halt to Deportation of Ohio Muslim Family; Venezuelan Muslim Faces Removal Despite U.S.-born Children.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich will hold a news conference today in Ohio to seek government action in the case of a Muslim woman in that state who faces imminent deportation despite the fact that she has three U.S.-citizen children. Kucinich has written a letter to the Department of Homeland Security about the case.
 WHEN: Thursday, January 1, 11 a.m.
 WHERE: Congressional office of Rep. Dennis Kucinich, 14400 Detroit
 Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio (CONTACT: 216-228-8850)

The Muslim refugee mother faces the options of abandoning her children or taking them to Venezuela, where she has no family support or employment prospects. Immigration officials have ordered the woman to leave the United States by January 6.

The Muslim mother, her children, the family's attorney, and representatives of the Cleveland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) will attend the news conference.

CAIR-Cleveland Director Julia Shearson said the family should be allowed to remain in the United States on humanitarian grounds.

"Two of these American children have special needs that may not be addressed if forced to leave the country," said Shearson. "This is the only country the children have ever known." She said this case would allow the government to show its support for family values by keeping the mother and children together.


CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. (NOTE: CAIR does not endorse political candidates.)

CONTACT: CAIR-Cleveland, Julia Shearson, 216-440-2247; Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a journalist's window to the American Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called ISLAM-INFONET, receive news releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on issues of importance to our society.

To SUBSCRIBE to or UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, go to:

CONTACT: Julia Shearson, +1-216-440-2247, or Ibrahim Hooper, +1-202-488-8787 or +1-202-744-7726, or, both of CAIR

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