Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, a friend and associate Linda Sarsour, is a convinced terrorist has been stripped of United States citizenship and is in process of being deported from our great country after lying to officials. Turns out, she intentionally falsified her citizenship status and documentation which was discovered by the great work of our ICE and Homeland law enforcement agencies.
The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch and HSI Detroit special agent Steve Francis, stating, “Today’s court action clears the way for this defendant’s removal from the United States and should serve as an unequivocal message that the U.S. will never be a haven for those seeking to distance themselves from their past atrocities.”
Odeh admitted to lying about her history, according to the plea agreement, and claimed that she has never been arrested, convinced of a crime, or imprisoned.
“Had Odeh revealed the truth about her criminal history, as she was required to by law, she never would have been granted an immigrant visa, admitted to the United States, allowed to live here for the last 22 years, or granted United States Citizenship,” ICE also noted in their statement.
Odeh obtained an immigrant visa in 1994 and has lived in the United States for 22 years. She “unlawfully failed to disclose her arrest” as well as her convictions both in regards to bombings and her separate application for citizenship.
From the official ICE statement:
Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 70, lost her United States citizenship, and will be deported from the United States for having obtained her United States citizenship unlawfully, Daniel L. Lemisch, acting United States Attorney announced. Joining Lemisch in the announcement was Steve Francis, HSI Detroit special agent in charge.
Odeh, a Chicago-area resident, was sentenced by United States District Judge Gershwin A. Drain. During the sentencing hearing, Judge Drain indicated that he would sign an order, today, revoking Odeh’s United States citizenship. As a result of that order, Odeh will no longer have legal status in the United States, will be deported to her nation of citizenship, Jordan, and is barred for life from reentering the United States. Judge Drain said Odeh intentionally falsified her U.S. citizenship documents and this sentence should be a deterrent to others thinking of lying to gain admission into the United States and citizenship.
Before immigrating to the United States, Odeh had been convicted overseas for participation in two terrorist bombings and for having been a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which has been designated a Terrorist Organization by the United States.