Immigration Judge Denies Stay of Deportation for Kansas Man

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After more 30 years in the United States, a Park University professor detained by ICE is set to be deported to his home country of Bangladesh, according to a Facebook page called Free Syed Ahmed Jamal.

“We just got word that the judge ruled against us and they have taken him out of El Paso and probably to the plane,” the post said. “His legal counsel is trying to get the appeal filed before the plane takes off. Please pray for due process.”

“A federal judge denied Syed Ahmed Jamal’s motion to reopen his immigration case for ‘lack of jurisdiction,’ and vacated the temporary stay of removal that had been granted Feb. 8, 2018,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Monday. “Jamal is currently in ICE custody pending his removal to Bangladesh.”

Congressperson Emanuel Cleaver II’s office also said, “The Immigration Judge made a ruling and Mr. Jamal’s removal stands. Congressman Cleaver will continue with his plans to draft a bill.”

According to a post on the Facebook page for the law office representing Jamal, an appeal notice along with a fresh motion for stay was forwarded to the Board of Immigration Appeals in Falls Church Virginia at 1 p.m.

“At this time there is no stay of removal in place and Mr. Jamal is at risk of removal,” the law office said.

After hearing about the deportation of Park University professor Sayed Jamal, many in our area have asked the questions: “Why didn’t he just get legal? Why didn’t he just become a citizen?”

On Thursday, during a news conference attended by Jamal’s wife, brother, three children and attorney Rheka Sharma-Crawford, Crawford answered those questions, saying that while some immigrants succeed, the immigration process isn’t as easy as people think.

She called it “unforgiving” if you make a mistake at some point during the immigration-application process.

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