Donald Trump has promised to deport millions if elected, though one student opponent of the Republican front-runner may be sent back to his home country of Egypt for Facebook comments about killing him.
Emad Elsayed was arrested by immigration authorities in Southern California, where he attends the Universal Air Academy, last month after he said he would not mind going to prison for assassinating the businessman
The 23-year-old maintained that he would be doing the world a favor, and now faces a hearing Friday that could send him from Orange County back to the Middle East.
He was interviewed by Secret Service agents the day after his social media post, but prosecutors refuse to charge him with a crime, his lawyer Hani Bushra told the Los Angeles Times.
Immigration officials said that Elsayed “violated “the terms of his admission to the United States” with his comments on Trump.
The Cairo native who first came to the U.S. in September says that the post, accompanying an article about Trump wanting to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., was intended as a joke.
“It’s just a stupid post. You can find thousands of these every hour on Facebook and the media,” he said from jail.
His lawyer has speculated that the legal maneuverings came swiftly because of his client’s Muslim faith.
However, the owner of his academy his school said he pulled its backing for his visa after being told to do so by federal authorities, a move that led to him losing his immigration status to stay in the country.
Officials say that the Egyptian also poses a threat to the country, which has led to him being jailed since Feb. 12.
Elsayed said that he will ask for a refund of some of his $65,000 he has paid to go to flight school if he is kicked out of the country.
Alex Khatib, owner of the flight academy, said that the young man was a good student and would re-enroll him if possible.
However, Bushra told The Intercept that he would likely try to work out a deal where his client will leave the country, but be released beforehand and given time to get his affairs in order.