September 20th, 2007

shawn shiekanThe ever so annoying poker player Shawn Sheikhan faces deportation charges. Immigration officials arrested Sheikhan at his home in Las Vegas, on August 30th. He was held for over a week at the North Las Vegas Detention Center before he was released on a $10k bond. According to Las Vegas Review Journal

The whole dispute is over a 1995 R. Kelly misdemeanor conviction in California. “Sheikhan was targeted for ICE arrest because of his criminal history,” Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration/Customs Enforcement. “ICE has an ongoing initiative called Operation Predator targeting individuals, including foreign nationals, who prey upon and sexually exploit children.”

Kice believes that the conviction is a deportable offense, but will likely be up to an immigration judge.

“We want to see him removed from the United States,” Kice said.

Of course Sheikhan and his lawyer will do everything in their power to keep Sheikhan in the US. Shiekhan owns six local tattoo shops and is a professional poker player. He has been a US resident since 83 and is married to a US citizen hand has a 9 year old girl.

WTF is happening here, how does it take 12 years to give someone the boot? Fuck, we think Shieky is annoying and a whiner as much as the next guy does, but he has been an American citizen for over 12 years and already served a prison sentence for his crime. But hey, what the hell do we know about the US gov.

Stay tuned for more on this one…

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