FIGHTS JEAN PASCAL FOR DREAMERS LIKE HIMSELF IN THE U.S. THROUGH DACA
By MIKE COPPINGER – RingTV.com
Ahmed Elbiali arrived in New York with his mother and brother when he was just four years old.
Soon, his father began working in Miami, and the family joined him there, where they settled, raising a family just like any other American couple.
Elbiali would travel back to Egypt, his native land, every year since age 11 to see relatives, but that soon became impossible.
You see, he’s a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Action) recipient, and the Trump Administration is seeking to end the program. Elbiali is one of the 800,000 or so Americans protected by DACA, children who arrived in the United States as illegal immigrants.
With DACA in limbo, Elbiali says he can’t even leave the country.
Luckily, the biggest fight of his career, a Friday meeting with former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal, takes place minutes outside Miami in Hialeah (9 p.m. ET, FS1).
“I’m living on the edge right now, but I just renewed (my DACA request) in November, I have two years,” Elbiali said during a phone interview with RingTV.com. “I’m Gucci for two years. I’m checking my iPhone every day (for DACA news). “
… It’s only going to last so long. I can maybe have a positive influence on other kids like me. There’s so many better kids than me. Tennis (players) and physicists and doctors. They’re doing good things and they’re DACA, too.
Elbiali (16-0, 13 knockouts) tried out for Egypt’s national team, but after that, the Arab Spring crisis occurred, a series of violent and non-violent demonstrations that broke out in North Africa and the Middle East on December 17, 2010.
The revolutionary wave of protests, riots, coups and civil wars stopped Elbiali from visiting home since 2011. The uprising ended in 2012, but now he can’t go back at all. Continue Reading…