Utah Muslim leader, Yussuf Awadir Abdi, is the imam of Salt Lake City’s Madina Masjid Mosque. Although Abdi is a U.S. citizen, he was inexplicably barred by Kenyan officials from boarding a flight home from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya. His family was permitted to return without him.
The Refugee Justice League of Utah has taken up Abdi’s case with plans to speak with U.S. senators, the local embassy and the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate Abdi’s return to his home in Utah. U.S. officials, it seems, are not responsible for Abdi’s detention, and Kenya is not one of the Muslim-majority countries targeted in Trump’s travel ban. But it may be up to U.S. officials to advocate for Abdi’s return, especially before his temporary visa in Kenya expires.
Abdi came to the United States from a refugee camp in Kenya in 2005. He became a U.S. Citizen in 2010 and has lived in Utah for the past 6 years. Our U.S. Senators must speak up for Abdi and ensure his safe and expedient return to Utah.
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask Senator Hatch and Senator Lee to call for the return of Yussuf Awadir Abdi to his home in the United States. He is a U.S. citizen and should be allowed to return to the United States immediately.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)