Immigration laws often forget humanity of immigrants

Mosa Hamadeesa has an admirer in Dr. William Eward, an esteemed cancer surgeon at Duke University Hospital.

The Palestinian from the West Bank came to the United States 10 years ago on a travel visa, established his wife and four children and has worked as a mechanic. He has gone through all of the proper procedures to find a way to stay in the United States legally, applying for asylum. He has lived as a law-abiding, responsible person. And he now stands arrested.

Eward, who supports Hamadeesa’s attempts to stay in the country, said, “The Hamadeesa family are exactly the kind of people that we would want to immigrate to our county.”

Eward has another reason for wanting Hamadeesa close by: The doctor is treating Hamadeessa’s 9-year-old daughter for a tumor on her femur. Eward removed the tumor, but needs to continue treating the child.

So here is the human consequence of federal immigration laws that are neither clear nor, in many cases, fair, and punish responsible people who are contributing to their communities. And such policy simply ignores the humanitarian side of the issue, as if the circumstances of individuals make no difference when it comes to finding exceptions and helping individual families.

Mosa Hamadeesa is a father and a diligent worker and lives honorably as a friend and neighbor. To send him away is foolish in terms of banishing someone who has “played by the rules.” More importantly, it is hurtful to an innocent child, born after her father arrived in this country. Congressman David Price is being asked to help. We hope he can.