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ICE Arrests Kansas Chemistry Professor in Front of His House

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Lawrence, Kansas arrested Professor Syed Ahmed Jamal, 55, in front of his house as he was about to bring his children to school. Jamal is of Bangladeshi origin with a U.S. citizen wife and 3 children. Jamal has been living in the U.S. for 30 years on student visa status while attaining U.S. graduate degrees in molecular biosciences and pharmaceutical engineering. His visa status became invalid in 2011 and was given a voluntary departure order by immigration authorities. During the Obama administration in 2012, Jamal was given a reprieve by an immigration judge who ruled that Jamal can remain and work in the U.S. on the condition that he met with ICE on a regular basis. ICE in the time of the current administration, however, does not honor such previous legal arrangements and, as such, proceeded with Jamal’s arrest and plans to deport him.

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