Youngstown businessman Al Adi returns to Ohio after deportation to Jordan
A Youngstown businessman that was deported to Jordan is back in Ohio.
Al Adi, also known as Amer Othman, has returned to Ohio according to his daughter. She posted a video of him getting off a plane at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport late Wednesday night.
"I am so happy and grateful to be home! I can't wait to spend time with my daughters and beautiful grandson," said Al Adi.
Adi was deported to his native Jordan in 2018 after spending nearly 40 years in the U.S.
He owned the Downtown Circle in Youngstown for 20 years prior to his deportation.
Othman's deportation led to a wave of public support for him. Congressman Tim Ryan and Youngstown Mayoral Candidate Tracy Winbush came to Othman's defense after he was detained.
Othman moved to America when he was 19-years-old and married his first wife. They settled down in San Diego after he received his green card.
He moved to Youngstown following their divorce and married his second wife. They had been married for 30 years at the time of his deportation.
The couple spent several years out of the country and Adi has his green card confiscated upon returning. His citizenship was then denied because of "a claim that the marriage from 1979 was fraudulent."
Adi's lawyers and the House Judiciary Committee were able to grant Al Adi a stay.
21 News has reached out to Al Adi's lawyer for details on Adi's return to the U.S. but has not heard back as of this writing.
It's unclear if he is back permanently or not.