From the NY Times:
They were among the last words he will perhaps ever utter in this country. Expressed, said his lawyer, without irony or bitterness. “God bless America.”
With those few syllables, Ahmad Wais Afzali, dressed in a flowing white robe with black and beige trim, entered the security line at Kennedy International Airport with his wife, Fatima, on Monday morning. In their hands: one-way tickets out of the country where they had grown up and made a life.
Tailed by two casually dressed agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mr. Afzali and his wife boarded a 2 p.m. flight for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
For Mr. Afzali, they were his final footsteps in the United States, if the authorities have their way.
Mr. Afzali, an imam and Afghan immigrant who grew up in Queens, was ordered to leave the country after he warned Najibullah Zazi, the admitted mastermind in a plot to set off bombs in the New York subway, that he was under government surveillance. Mr. Afzali pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about the conversation.