Friday, June 23, 2017

Stop Human Rights Abuse Against Mosa Hamadeesa

Mosa Hamadeesa was released from immigrant detention in August 2017. Thank you to all friends for your support in this campaign!

Community Members demanding the release of Mosa Hamadeesa

Recent Update

Draft Email to Sean Irvin, Nadia Batcha, and DHS CRCL Compliance team

To whom it may concern, 

Recently, it was brought to our attention that Mosa Hamadeesa (A#088297731), who is currently being held at the Atlanta City Detention Center for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has encountered a number of issues during his detention.

This morning, Friday, June 30, Mr. Hamadeesa was in line for breakfast when he fainted.  He reports that he was taken to the hospital because he was having issues with his heart.  At the hospital a doctor told ICE agents and Mr. Hamadeesa that he needed and MRI, however, he did not receive one and was not notified when or if one would be scheduled.  Mr. Hamadeesa spent the day at the hospital waiting for care due to his illness.  However, because this incident happened before breakfast, he never received a meal.  Then, he missed lunch as well and was returned to ACDC just after dinner.  He reports having requested food on various occasions today and it has been denied.  As of 5:30 pm, Mr. Hamadeesa has eaten nothing all day.

Mr. Hamadeesa also reports that the facility has been very cold.  He originally had a long-sleeve shirt, but it was taken for cleaning and never returned.  He requested the shirt be returned, but this request was also denied.  Family friends would like to know if it would be possible for them to take him some clothing if ICE is unable to provide sweatshirts or long sleeve clothing.

Finally, Mr. Hamadeesa is a member of the Muslim faith community and, as such, requires access to a clock to conduct prayer at the appropriate times in accordance with his religious tradition.  He reported that there was a clock in the common-space of his unit, but that this was removed.  When he requested it be returned or to have access to another way of telling the time, that he might practice his faith properly, his request was again denied.  

Please let us know how these issues might be resolved quickly, as we are concerned for his mental and physical health at this time.

Kevin Caron

Georgia Detention Watch

Background Information Mosa Hamadeesa has been a Raleigh resident for the last ten years and is a Palestinian applicant of asylum in the US. He was detained by ICE on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. He is currently being detained at Atlanta City Detention Center.

Mosa is a father of four children and the sole breadwinner for the family. One of his daughters has a rare form of cancer and is being treated at Duke Hospital. Such treatment is not possible in Palestine. Mosa is an auto mechanic and serves the community through his hard work. His family and community need him at home in Raleigh.  

We urge you to call Congressman David Price office urging him to intervene to stop Mosa's deportation and end his detention. Please sign the petition below.

Please consider financially supporting Mosa's family in this time of dire financial strain. Please donate generously at this GoFundMe page started by a family friend. 

Here is national and local media coverage challenging Mosa Hamadeesa's detention.

Check a Duke physician's letter appealing to stop the detention and deportation of Mosa.

Letter by Physicians for Human Rights

Pictures of Mosa Hamadeesa and his family members