Judge orders Kansas dad fighting deportation to be freed

U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark ordered the release of Syed Ahmed Jamal 55 after a hearing in Kansas City MO

U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark ordered the release of Syed Ahmed Jamal 55 after a hearing in Kansas City MO

A federal judge released Mr. Jamal from a Missouri County detention center today but he still faces deportation. They said the Park University instructor was being deported because he was not in the country under full legal status.

Jamal was in the process of being deported to Bangladesh for overstaying his visa. He was ordered deported in 2011 but had been allowed to stay in the US and check in regularly with immigration authorities.

USA immigration officials put Jamal on a plane bound for his native country last month before an immigration panel granted a temporary stay in the case. Jamal was taken off the flight when it stopped to refuel in Honolulu. Jamal stepped out around 3 p.m. and waited for his family to arrive back at the jail.

But by the time of his arrest, Jamal had overstayed a voluntary departure notice - though he had been granted the right to stay in the country under supervision as he continued the long process of applying for USA citizenship through legal channels, according to Bennet.

In documents filed before Tuesday's hearing, the Department of Homeland Security countered, saying this judge does not have jurisdiction to decide whether Jamal should be released from jail.

Syed Ahmed Jamal, seen with his three kids, was arrested the lawn of his Kansas home on January 24. The current immigration system is broken and affects families who have responsibilities and deep ties to their communities. "Syed is the type of immigrant our nation always has and should continue to welcome, exactly the type of immigrant this "nation of immigrants" was built by".

The judge's order came down shortly after noon.

More than 100 supporters packed Ketchmark's courtroom, overflowing into a nearby one where a video feed of the proceedings was shown.

"I have so many people to thank, the whole community", Jamal's wife, Angela Zaynaub Chowdhury, said after the hearing.

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