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: 'He Gives Me Everything To Be': Therapy Dog For Woman In Wheelchair Now Needs Wheelchair Of His Own
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: Quake Near Truckee: Why Some Got Shake Alerts And Others Didn't
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: Sacramento Police Officer Justin Shepard Arrested For Alleged Domestic Violence Incident
Vice Mayor Jay Schenirer and councilmembers Katie Valenzuela, Sean Loloee, Eric Guerra and Mai Vang all also signed the letter.