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We Go to a Houston Immigration Detention Center As a Palestinian Family Prepares to Be Deported to Jordan

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They have been described as the “Palestinian Cleavers.” They were a generous and patriotic family that gave away hundreds of free American flags in Houston after Sept. 11. They have been publicly supported by their U.S. Congresswoman.

They came to the U.S. after fleeing Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. They have lived an unremarkable life in Houston for 11 years. But that all changed a year ago when armed INS agents dressed in riot gear raided their house while much of the family was sleeping. The father and eldest son were picked up on immigration violations and were detained for months. And now they face deportation to Jordan, a country most of the family barely knows.

We last heard from the Kesbeh family in September when they were first facing deportation. Overwhelming public support in Houston and the country led officials in Washington to give them a six-month stay in order for the INS to review their case.

Well now the family appears to be set to be deported again. Today we join the family outside a Houston immigration detention center. They are expected to be deported to Jordan later today.

  • Noor Kesbeh, whose family faces deportation this week.

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