A former Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) official reportedly was ordered deported Friday after failing to attend an immigration hearing in Dallas.
Nabil Sadoun, CAIR's national vice chairman in 2009, already was in Jordan and his attorney claimed he could not return to the U.S. because his green card had been taken from him.
The case included references to Sadoun's involvement with the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. The charity and five of its former leaders were convicted in 2008 of illegally funneling more than $12 million to Hamas.
Illinois corporate records show that Sadoun, who spent years on the CAIR national board, also helped found the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR) along with Hamas political leader Mousa Abu Marzook. Internal records admitted into evidence in the Holy Land trial showed that the UASR was a part of a Muslim Brotherhood "Palestine Committee" created to benefit Hamas in the U.S.
NBC5 in Dallas quotes spokesman Ibrahim Hooper saying Sadoun left CAIR several months ago.