Amid a sea of tears and open arms from his family, a heartbroken man fell to his knees in the country that he left 39 years ago. With mixed emotions came an unexpected reunion that was the result of tragic circumstances. With only the clothes on his back, and $300, Amer Adi was forced to board a plane back to Jordan, as he was deported from the United States.
With his family awaiting his arrival, and his 94-year-old mother waiting in a wheelchair, Amer broke down before his loved ones at this bittersweet time. Cheers were met with tears, as siblings, nephews, and nieces welcomed him back home after being apart for decades. “I have mixed feelings, very mixed feelings,” he told CNN. Despite being happy to see his family, he admits “I feel so sad [about] what happened to me. I’m so sorry to tell you what happened is unjust, not right, and everyone back there knows that. What the Trump administration is doing is—you can’t even explain it.”
Coming to America to pursue his dreams, he lived there for nearly 40 years, with a wife who is a U.S citizen, and four daughters who are as well. Amer owns several businesses in Youngstown, Ohio, where he had been adopted, and eventually deported.
Amer had unfortunately been facing a legal battle the last 20 years with the help of an Ohio congressman who ensured he would remain in the U.S before it all changed when President Trump took over.
Tim Ryan, an Ohio congressman, describes Adi as a “pillar” of their community, who created jobs with his multiple businesses, and helped distribute hundreds of turkeys to the less fortunate during Thanksgiving. His heart of gold was matched with the efforts of his community, who battled to keep him in America.
Adi had owned a hookah bar, a convenience store, and a deli; offering something for everyone in the community. Furthermore, Ryan told CNN that he “has brought this community together.”
After all he contributed to his American community, he finds himself back home in Amman, Jordan, a city he barely recognizes after all these years. Despite the hardship, he insists on fighting for his return to the U.S. and his family. “Even if anybody wants to stop that American dream, I won’t let them. I’m going to keep the fight going,” he told CNN.
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