Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman: Why Not Just Deport Him?

With authorities reluctant to jail the troublesome cleric Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, local politicians are wondering -- Why not kick him out? The answer is, It's not so easy. A year after he entered the U.S. in 1990, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, unaware of his revolutionary past, granted him a "green card," or permanent resident alien status. When the ins found out, it rescinded the card -- and began a nearly interminable process. In March an immigration judge found him deportable; Abdel Rahman appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals in Washington, where a ruling can take from six months...

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