Son Of Hamas Founder Facing Deportation Hearing In San Diego
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
A former Israeli spy will ask an immigration judge in San Diego for amnesty Wednesday. A lawyer for the man said if he’s deported he will be killed.
SAN DIEGO A former Israeli spy will ask an immigration judge in San Diego for amnesty Wednesday. A lawyer for the man said if he’s deported he will be killed.
A judge will decide whether to grant Mosab Hassan Yousef amnesty or whether he should be deported. Yousef is the son of one of the founders of Hamas which the United States classifies as a terrorist organization.
Yousef’s lawyer, Steven Seick, said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has consulted Yousef on Hamas but still considers him a terrorist threat. He said it’s clear what will happen if Yousef is deported.
“Oh he’ll be killed. There’s been a fatwa issued against him,” Seick said.
Yousef became a spy for Israel when he was a teenager, supplying the country with information on Hamas. He applied for amnesty in the United States in 2007 while living in San Diego. His case was referred to immigration court.
Seick said while Yousef was a spy he prevented several attacks on Israelis and helped find the person responsible for a bombing that killed several Americans.
Seick said 22 members of Congress have signed a letter to United States Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano urging amnesty for Yousef.
The Department Homeland Security had no comment on the case.