Syrian man detained outside Rhode Island courthouse
By: The Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Federal immigration officials say a Syrian man was arrested outside a Rhode Island courthouse earlier this month for overstaying his guest visa by 19 years.
A spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tells The Providence Journal agents took 48-year-old Abulkhalek Darwich, of Pawtucket, into custody June 1 in Providence.
The arrest followed Darwich’s court appearance in a 2015 case charging him with tax offenses.
ICE New England spokesman Shawn Neudauer says Darwich entered the U.S. lawfully as a visitor in 1998.
Darwich will remain in custody pending removal proceedings.
Neudauer says it’s unclear why Darwich was allowed to overstay.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island released a statement renewing its call for state officials to protect immigrants from being arrested by ICE near courthouses.
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