COLUMBUS, Ohio — A deportation battle played out at John Glenn International Airport Wednesday. The attorney for a man from a small African nation, living in Ohio, said he was ordered out of the country with little warning. He didn’t get on the plane, and he is now in a Central Ohio jail.
"They are essentially the bully jumping out of the bushes trying to surprise us,” said Immigration Attorney Julie Nemecek
A Mauritanian man, Amadou Sow, was rushed to the John Glenn International Airport Wednesday under a deportation order. His attorney said, his family was never notified.
"We have a lot evidence showing that they will be subjected to slavery, they will be tortured, and they will be jailed upon arrival,” said Nemecek.
However, Sow refused to board.
Sow is one of dozens of Mauritanians who have been under the deportation fire. This after there’s been an increase in immigration enforcement under the Trump administration.
"That place over there, they believe in slavery, they believe in torturing people,” said Hamidou Soi an advocate for Mauritanian deportees. “The country, Mauritania, is the worst country in the world."
Sow has five children -- all born in America. He lives with a heart condition and recently his 14-year-old daughter had a tumor removed.
"Essentially ICE has been engaging in a systematic effort to deport black Mauritanians,” said Nemecek.
Nemecek has been working with a team of advocates, attorneys and supporters -- to try to stop the deportations of other Mauritanians.
Nemecek said Sow's attorney was getting ready to file a case with the Board of Immigration Appeals to stop his removal. For now, Sow will be put back in the Morrow County Jail. However, Nemecek said she won't stop fighting.
"So it's my hope that we can organize a large-scale effort to start a federal case and to end this.” Said Nemecek.