In this Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 photo, Amer Othman, 57, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Amman, Jordan. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
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Amer Othman's life turned upside down in an instant.Ryan was previously able to keep Othman in the country through private bills in Congress, the first submitted in 2013 . Othman's deportation marks the first time ICE acted against recommendations of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security to hold off on an expulsion while a case is being reviewed, Ryan said.Othman's lawyer, David Leopold, said the deportation was "beyond inexplicable".ICE did not respond to two emails requesting comment on the Othman case.Internal removals increased from 65,332, or 27 percent of the total number of deportations, to 81,603, or 36 percent of the total, in a year.Othman's legal troubles erupted anew in August when ICE told him he had 30 days to leave the country.His lawyer obtained an extension, and Othman walked out of the ICE office with a Jan. 7 departure deadline and an ankle bracelet to monitor his movements, he said.Elated, Othman thought he had won a reprieve.
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