CINCINNATI: An Ohio businessman facing deportation to his native Jordan won’t be granted a deportation delay by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and will remain in custody pending his removal from the United States, the federal agency said Thursday.

Amer Othman accepted a meal this week and was removed from hunger strike protocols, but continues to be medically monitored at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown where he is being held, ICE spokesman Khaalid Walls said in the release.

A U.S. House subcommittee last week voted to request an investigative report on the Youngstown businessman’s case by the Department of Homeland Security. Youngstown-area Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan had said similar votes under past administrations would delay deportation proceedings for months while cases are reviewed.

ICE’s statement says it considered the request for the investigative report and conducted a “comprehensive” review of Othman’s case before making its decision. The agency maintains that multiple levels of the nation’s courts have said Othman doesn’t have a legal basis to remain in the U.S.

The agency said it doesn’t confirm specific removal arrangements prior to removal, “due to operational security concerns.”

“Congressman Ryan is very disappointed, but he remains in touch with Amer through his lawyer,” Ryan’s office said in a statement Thursday. “He intends to exhaust every avenue available.”

Othman’s attorney, David Leopold, said he and his client are very disappointed, and still do not understand why Othman was taken into custody Jan. 16 when he showed up for an ICE check-in after earlier being told his deportation was temporarily delayed.