After two months in jail, a Lebanese man married to an American was deported. Tammy Mhanna told her story to the Star Tribune in February while the Roseville woman waited to see if her husband could stay in the country.
Assaf Mhanna applied to become a permanent resident, but he was denied because the government said he falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen when he crossed the border and asked for asylum 11 years ago. Tammy said Assaf called her from a New York airport in late February to say he was on his way to Lebanon. She flew to Lebanon a few days later to see him.
Assaf’s asylum case is still pending, and Tammy said the family will wait for the outcome of that case before they decide whether they will relocate to Lebanon to be together.