He was a top teacher in Boston public schools. He is married to a U.S. Citizen. He came here on a valid visa, has sought asylum, and is the subject of special legislation filed by Sens. Ted Kennedy and John Kerry to grant him citizenship (the bill expired last year because Congress never acted on it, said Attouoman's lawyer, Susan Cohen.)
Yet today, Obain Attouoman was deported to the Ivory Coast, forcing him back to the very place he fled in fear of his life, after being persecuted for political activism as a member of a teacher's union there.