Palestinian mom, son released from ICE custody

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Federal immigration authorities have
freed a Palestinian woman and her 18-year-old son to return to
their Alabama home.

Sana Alsayed and her son, Imad Mohammad, had been in custody
since January 12th when they were arrested by immigration agents at
their home near Birmingham. They were released from a Louisiana
lockup late Wednesday following an inquiry by U.S. Representative
Spencer Bachus, a Republican from Vestavia Hills.

The woman, her husband and their son came to the United States
in 1993 and failed to leave after losing an asylum appeal in 2001.
They claim they are stateless Palestinians with nowhere to go.

The couple has five other children who are all U.S. citizens.
The father was previously freed to care for them, but the woman and
the oldest son remained in custody.

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