“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
Most Americans are probably aware of this famous quote, but apparently, one Egyptian immigrant student decided to divert from the suggestion. Now, he’s paying the price for his words because he made an online death threat toward Donald Trump.
By now, everyone in America probably knows just how much of a dominant force Trump is in the 2016 presidential election. Although Trump has become famous for his refusal to mince words, this latest debacle, which is a result of word play gone wrong, has nothing to do with one of his controversial statements. This time, an immigrant is being held accountable for a statement he posted on Facebook.
According to the Daily Caller, Emad El-Din Ali Mohamed Nasr El Sayed, an Egyptian immigrant residing in America with a student visa, doesn’t like Donald Trump very much. So, he decided to voice more than his disapproval for the Republican presidential hopeful.
El Sayed reportedly took to Facebook with an announcement, insisting that he’d be willing to kill Trump and suffer the consequences of his actions. He may have thought he’d only suffer consequences for the act itself, but now, he definitely knows otherwise.
It has been reported that El Sayed was arrested three weeks after the death threat was reported to police. Instead of being sentenced to serve time in a United States prison, authorities decided to go a step further to resolve the issue with El Sayed by taking the famous Trump approach.
The publication reports that El Sayed was initially charged with making an illegal threat, but authorities dropped the charge and ultimately revoked his visa. So, there’s a strong possibility he’ll be kicked out of the United States. However, the death threat wasn’t the reason for the revocation. Apparently, El Sayed may have created the bigger problem himself.
In order to keep his student visa, he had to stay enrolled in school, but since he recently decided to drop out of the Universal Air Academy in Los Angeles, California, he set himself up for a massive fall, making it easier for authorities to justify the deportation order. Now, he’ll reportedly be heading back to Egypt really soon.
El Sayed’s attorney, Hani Bushra, has released a statement about the criminal charges and the government’s decision to enforce punishment, using a method not associated with the crime he committed.
“It is unfortunate that the immigration judge did not see that Emad’s placement in removal proceedings came after law enforcement failed to file and sustain criminal charges against Emad, and therefore resorted to punishing him in different way,” Bushra said.
Despite his attorney’s arguments, he was already at risk of losing his student visa prior to the statement he made on Facebook because he decided not to enroll in the aviation academy for the spring semester. Although the series of events that led to this ruling have nothing to do with the death threat toward Donald Trump, El Sayed drew unwanted attention to him with the Facebook post.
According to Newsday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released a brief statement about El Sayed’s arrest citing that he was detained for violating “the terms of his admission to the United States.” However, no other details about the arrest, or the alleged death threat, were released.
At this point, it is still unclear when El Sayed will be deported, but there is a strong possibility the order will stand due to the nature of his arrest. El Sayed has been in custody at the Orange County Jail since Feb. 12.
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