An Egyptian student in California has been detained by immigration authorities and is facing deportation after he posted a hostile comment on Facebook against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
In early February, Emad Elsayed posted a photo of Trump on Facebook and wrote a post to the effect of, “If I killed this guy I wouldn’t mind serving a life sentence and the world would thank me,” according to his attorney, Hani Bushra, who saw the post in a court hearing yesterday, when it was introduced into evidence by government lawyers.
Elsayed traveled from Cairo to the United States on a student visa in mid-September to attend flight training school at Universal Air Academy in Los Angeles, according to his sister, Ohoud, who lives in Egypt. Photos on the 23-year-old’s Facebook page show him variously in a cockpit or smiling in sunglasses in front of the Hollywood sign.
Elsayed’s threatening post, and subsequent detention, come amid a divisive election campaign, with Trump engaging in anti-Muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric, including calling for a ban on Muslims from entering the United States, fondly repeating a myth about a U.S. general executing Muslim prisoners in the Philippines with bullets dipped in pig’s blood, refusing to rule out creating a database of American Muslims, and falsely claiming that Arabs in New Jersey were cheering as the World Trade Center came down on 9/11.