ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A nearly five-year legal saga will conclude Thursday for Falls Church resident Jamal Abusamhadaneh when he takes the oath of citizenship at a federal courthouse, after a federal judge ruled that immigration authorities wrongly drew sinister conclusions about aspects of his Muslim faith.
Abusamhadaneh’s naturalization follows last month’s unusual ruling that overturned the denial of his application by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
USCIS had denied the application and expressed concerns about Abusamhadaneh’s association with a prominent Virginia mosque and a purported link to the Muslim Brotherhood.
U.S. District Judge James Cacheris, who heard three days of evidence at trial earlier this year and issued an unusually detailed 90-page ruling, will personally administer the oath Thursday. He said USCIS’ concerns on all counts were either unfounded or overblown.
“Mr. Abusamhadaneh is a person of good moral character and meets the requirement for naturalization,” Cacheris wrote.
USCIS, meanwhile, had an FBI report that linked Abusamhadaneh to the Brotherhood. At trial, it was revealed that the source of the FBI report was Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was Abusamhadaneh’s boss for several years at the American Muslim Council. Alamoudi, a prominent U.S. Muslim activist, is currently serving a prison sentence for participating in a Libyan plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah.
Alamoudi testified that, in his view, Dar al-Hijrah is linked with the Muslim Brotherhood and that the Muslim American Society — which organized community events in which Abusamhadaneh and his family participated — is essentially the U.S. branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. But Alamoudi also testified that the FBI reports did not accurately reflect what he told the bureau agents about Abusamhadaneh, and that there is a lot of confusion in the Muslim community about whether Muslim American Society is connected to the Brotherhood.
Cacheris found the purported links to the Muslim Brotherhood to be essentially nonexistent: “Mr. Abusamhadaneh credibly testified that he is not, and never has been, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood,” he wrote in the ruling. “Not here and not in Jordan. Nor has he ever been associated with the Muslim Brotherhood in any formal way.”
The incredible and invisible Muslim Brotherhood. No one in the Obama administration can see them or any links to them. Or the danger.