Egyptian Student to Leave US After Trump Death Threat

'I literally don't mind taking a lifetime sentence in jail for killing this guy'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2016 7:51 AM CST

(Newser) – An Egyptian student living in California who wrote on Facebook about killing Donald Trump ended up killing something else entirely: his US stay. Emadeldin Elsayed, 23, has agreed to leave the States roughly a month after he posted an article about the GOP candidate on Facebook, accompanied by this comment, per Newsweek: "I literally don't mind taking a lifetime sentence in jail for killing this guy, I would actually be doing the whole world a favor." While the post didn't lead to criminal charges, it did trigger a chain of events: The Secret Service got on the case and Elsayed found himself expelled from the flight school he was enrolled in. The New York Times reports that created problems with his student visa, which was revoked by the State Department.

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While Elsayed isn't being formally deported, the "voluntary departure" handed to him by an immigration judge on Friday will have him taken to Cairo accompanied by federal agents. He must leave the US by July 5 and is currently being held at a Southern California jail—something his lawyer believes is illegal, considering the lack of charges. The AP has this from the lawyer: "He's being detained, I think, primarily because he's a Muslim and he's a Middle Easterner. This kid is going to become a poster boy for hating America." For his part, Elsayed says he was just angry about Trump's comments about Muslims. (Read more Donald Trump 2016 stories.)

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