Chabot to Introduce Legislation to Assist Dakar Family
Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH) announced today that he will introduce a private bill to assist the Dakar family of Green Township with their complex immigration situation. Chabot plans on introducing the legislation when he returns to Washington later today.
"Unfortunately, this is a unique and challenging case for everyone involved," Chabot stated. "Maha Dakar entered the United States legally and has played by all the rules, yet her family may still be broken apart. Her children, as American citizens, deserve to be raised by their mother and their father."
Maha Dakar and her husband, Bassam Garadah came to the U.S. legally in 1997 and filed an asylum application the next year. The couple has four young children who were born in the U.S. and are citizens of this country.
Mr. Garadah is considered a "stateless" Palestinian and immigration officials have not found a country that will accept him for residency. While Dakar holds a Jordanian passport and can return to that country, Jordan will not allow her husband to enter the country with her and her children face several obstacles because of their U.S. citizenship. Other countries have been approached about letting the entire family immigrate, but all have refused based on their complicated situation.
For two years, the family has worked closely with immigration officials and Chabot's office to find a suitable solution that would not divide the family. The legislation Chabot is introducing will allow the family to stay in the U.S. while Maha Dakar's application to become a permanent U.S. resident is being considered.