Federal judge orders Syed Jamal released from detention

March 20, 2018 - 2:36 pm

A federal judge ordered the immediate release of a Lawrence, Kansas, man facing deportation while he waits for the final settlement of his case.

Syed Jamal, 55, has been in federal custody since he was arrested by immigration agents in Jan. 24 at his Lawrence home.

Jamal was in the process of being deported to Bangladesh for overstaying his visa. 

BREAKING: Judge orders Lawrence father Syed Jamal released to family immediately pending deportation appeal https://t.co/lLN2U0p33H pic.twitter.com/7GqmBibjLz

— Lawrence Journal-World (@LJWorld) March 20, 2018

Syed is now on supervised release until immigration enforcement meet again next month.

So pleased to hear that Professor Syed Jamal has been released and will be reunited with his family. While this is an important victory for the Jamal family, he still faces deportation, and countless other families are being torn apart unnecessarily. Congress must address. pic.twitter.com/kfG0YVPJS2

— Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (@repcleaver) March 20, 2018

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) released the following after the release was ordered: “Over the past 30 years, Syed Jamal has been living, learning, working, paying taxes, and ultimately raising three all-star American born kids with his wife Angela right here in Kansas. With limited resources and violent, criminal illegal immigrants still in our country, the fact that our government would prioritize resources to attempt to deport Syed is offensive to our common sense and a fiscally reckless use of taxpayer dollars. 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.”


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