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2002-11-26

Ins Authorities Arrest, Imprison, and Nearly Deport a Pakistani Immigrant Married to a U.S. Citizen: He Was On the Tarmac When a Federal Judge Called the Ins and Ordered Him Off the Plane

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US authorities deported 87 Pakistanis from across the country last week.

Today we’ll hear the story of a Pakistani immigrant who was almost the 88th.

Faisal Ulvie is a Pakistani Tai Kwan Do expert who traveled to the United States six years ago for a martial arts competition. He decided to stay in the country and apply for political asylum. But after he missed an asylum hearing, he received deportation orders.

Faisal Ulvie remained in the country and married a US citizen, Nadine Young. He helped raise Nadine’s two children, Devon and Brittanie. Last year, they had a child of their own. She is named Shaheen.

Faisal Ulvie was picked up by the INS on November 8th. Last week, authorities told him to put on his civilian clothes and pack up. He came so close to being deported that he was actually on the airport tarmac, when the INS authorities received a cell phone call from a federal judge ordering them to pull Faisal off the plane.

He is still in prison.

Guests:

  • Nadine Young Ulvie, wife of Faisal Ulvie, a detained Pakistani immigrant.
  • Elizabeth Ouyang, attorney for the Ulvie family.
  • Albert Devon Cartagena, Nadine Young’s 9-year-old son, who was raised by Faisal Ulvie.
  • Brittanie Marie Cartagena, Nadine Young’s 6-year-old daughter, who was raised by Faisal Ulvie.

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