SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento city leaders have signed a letter urging the Department of Homeland Security to release Omar Ameen from custody.
Ameen, a refugee from Iraq who was living in Sacramento, was accused of killing an Iraqi police officer in 2014. He has been in US custody since 2018, but Ameen’s alleged involvement in the killing has been the subject of intense scrutiny.READ MORE: Sacramento Family Struggling With Early-Onset Dementia Diagnosis Gives Heartfelt Plea On Big Day Of Giving
Omar Ameen has been locked up and separated from his children for three years, and despite being exonerated of a bogus Iraqi accusation is now in ICE custody. It's time to bring him home.https://t.co/ooajPwbeCa
— @mayor_Steinberg (@Mayor_Steinberg) May 3, 2021
In April, a US Magistrate judge denied the Justice Department’s attempt to extradite Ameen, calling the evidence against him “dubious.” Further, cellphone evidence also showed that Ameen was in Turkey at the time of the killing.READ MORE: Wine Waste: The New Superfood?
That judge ordered Ameen to be released from custody. While Ameen was released, ICE immediately took him into custody and have since put him in deportation proceedings.
On Monday, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and other city leaders signed a letter urging Ameen to be released.
“Now that he has been exonerated, we implore you to release Mr. Ameen from federal detention, return him to our Sacramento community, and undo the harm caused by the Trump Administration,” the letter states.
City leaders argue that Ameen’s case was pushed by the former Pres. Donald Trump’s administration to “destroy” the refugee resettlement program.MORE NEWS: 'My Heart Rate Definitely Went Up': Sacramento Officers Use Virtual Reality To Train On Real World Encounters
Vice Mayor Jay Schenirer and councilmembers Katie Valenzuela, Sean Loloee, Eric Guerra and Mai Vang all also signed the letter.