Jewish Journal


December 9, 2011

Undocumented Israeli to finally get green card after year in custody


It’s no secret that many members of Los Angeles’ Israeli community are undocumented. LA Weekly has a story about one, Adi Zinder, who has been held in custody by immigration officials for over a year.

Thirty-two now, Zinder was brought to the United States by his parents at the age of 10. Until yesterday, he had been held at a detention center in Southern California since fall 2010. Then yesterday his family was told he was being sent to another facility in Texas and then on to New Orleans.

Then suddenly the ordeal appeared to be over. Maybe the attention of LA Weekly helped:

About an hour after we spoke at length with ICE officials, inquiring about Zinder’s case, his family got the call: Zinder is being approved for a green card. Sure, the decision comes 14 months into an ordeal that seems to have been cruel, unusual punishment—but the end is near. “We’re crying, shouting, tears of joy,” says Liebrecht. “Now we just need to find out where he is.”

Read the rest here.

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