A Kansas father fighting efforts by the U.S. to deport him to Bangladesh was being returned Wednesday from Honolulu to the Kansas City area, even as local members of Congress push legislation that would make him and his wife lawful permanent residents.
U.S. immigration officials put Syed Ahmed Jamal, 55, on a plane bound for his native country Monday before an immigration panel granted a temporary stay in the case. He was taken off the flight when it stopped to refuel in Honolulu, said Rekha Sharma-Crawford, one of his attorneys. She said on Facebook that he was returning to the Kansas City area Wednesday afternoon.
Family spokesman Alan Anderson said the hope is that Jamal will be allowed to stay with his wife, 44-year-old Angela Jamal, and three children in Lawrence, Kansas, under an “order of supervision” while the family fights the matter in the courts, which could take months.
Jamal’s return came one day after Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, whose district includes Lawrence, introduced a bill that would provide for the “relief” of Jamal and his wife, whose legal name is Zaynaub Jahan Chowdhury. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat from Missouri who has also taken up Jamal’s case, helped draft the bill and “fully supports” it, said spokeswoman Heather Frierson.
Jenkins said in a statement that she is “hopeful that an appropriate solution can be reached for a man who has spent 30 years here and is well respected and valued in the Lawrence community.”
Jamal, who has worked as an adjunct professor and researcher at Kansas City-area colleges, has been battling his deportation since Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested him Jan. 24 at his family’s home.
Jamal entered the U.S. legally in 1987 to attend the University of Kansas but overstayed his visa while pursuing a doctorate. He was ordered deported in 2011 but had been allowed to stay in the U.S. and check in regularly with immigration authorities. Sharma-Crawford said Jamal has a work permit that is valid until October and that he was trying to work within what she calls a complicated immigration system.
His wife, who also is from Bangladesh, came to the U.S. in 2002, and there also was an order for her removal several years ago, Frierson said. The couple’s children are U.S. citizens.
Cases such as Jamal’s have been on the rise. Shortly after taking office last year, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that widened the categories of immigrants in the U.S. illegally who could face deportation. The number of arrests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement surged almost 40 percent from the time of Trump’s inauguration to the end of September, compared with the same time period the year before. ICE has also detained or deported people who had received reprieves from the agency during the Obama administration.
If existing immigration laws were enforced at the time they were broken, and employers were not permitted to hire people in the U.S. illegally, this would be a non-issue. The Muslim and his wife wouldn’t be here to whine about it.
And if Trump followed through with his campaign promise to end anchor baby status, we wouldn’t have to hear about the children.
Causing Fitna notes that the Muslim in question is running for a seat on the public school board. Why would any school allow someone who is not a citizen and who broke the law to stay in the country to run for a seat on their board? More via: Kansas Rep Lynn Jenkins Backs Illegal Alien Muslim Running for Public School Board
Rep. Lynn Jenkins has chosen sides with an illegal alien who committed voter fraud by running for a seat on the Public School Board of Lawrence, KS. Syed Jamal is a leader of the Islamic Center of Lawrence, KS as noted in the online Petition asking for intervention on his imminent deportation. Below is a video produced by another leader of the Islamic Center of Lawrence, KS.
Hamed Ghazali was an Imam of the Islamic Center of Lawrence, KS, and he has solicited funds for HAMAS tied orgs and the Afghan mujahideen along with producing videos at GIV Ghazali Islamic Video of Lawrence, KS. The video below produced by Hamed focuses on Islam getting inside the public school system. The footage courtesy of GIV is from an ISNA convention in Ohio.
This is who Rep. Lynn Jenkins has chosen to side with…
She’s on Twitter @RepLynnJenkins