#FreeSyedJamal

Meet Syed Ahmed Jamal, a 55-year-old chemistry instructor from Bangladesh. He has been residing in the Kansas City, MO area for over 30 years, originally coming to America on a student visa. Jamal obtained graduate degrees in molecular sciences and pharmaceutical engineering. At that point he was issued an H1-B visa for highly skilled workers. Entering a doctoral program, he then qualified for another student visa. In 2011, that visa expired and a departure order was issued for Jamal. However, an immigration judge ruled that he could remain in America under a work permit issued through the Department of Homeland Security. All he was required to do was to renew the permit annually.

Jamal complied with the judge’s order, renewing his work permit annually and becoming employed with Park University in Kansas City, as well as conducting research in various hospitals. A husband and father to three children, ages 14, 12 and 7, Jamal is the sole supporter for his family. On January 24th, Jamal was arrested at his home, in front of his children, as they prepared to leave for school and work.

The basis for Jamal’s arrest? The departure order issued by ICE in 2011. President Obama had previously directed DHS to exercise prosecutorial discretion in cases of non-citizens such as Jamal, who were allowed to remain in the country because they were seen as positively contributing to society. In fact, part of Jamal’s research at hospitals has consisted of working on a cure for diabetes.  He has run for school board and is an active member in his community.

Donald Trump issued his own Executive Order on January 25, 2017, setting aside Obama’s directive of prosecutorial discretion. Trump’s EO states that any immigrant under a final order of removal is to be set as a priority ICE target. In other words, the Executive Branch has now stepped over the separation of powers and is allowing the Department of Homeland Security to disregard a legal order signed by a judge.

Jamal has been trying unsuccessfully to obtain American citizenship legally, even though his own children and his brothers are legal citizens. The barrier is our antiquated immigration law that is desperate need of reform. For example, if an immigrant enters the country without papers, being married to an American citizen will not guarantee a path to citizenship, even if the immigrant came as a child. In addition, if an immigrant has ever been in deportation hearings and has received a final administrative order of deportation, they cannot obtain citizenship. The only way to bypass this barrier is for the immigrant to leave the country for a minimum of ten years and re-enter with legal documents then hold a green card for five years.

Do not think that the Department of Homeland Security will have any mercy or use discernment in what immigrants to pick up either. Even though Jamal’s legal team had pending motions to be heard in court, ICE transferred Jamal three times within 24 hours from his original holding cell in Morgan County, MO to a prison in Platte County then to El Paso, Texas where he is currently being held. It is believed that ICE may have actually in the process of flying Jamal out of the country.  At this time, an immigration judge has allowed DHS until February 15th to respond to the emergency motion to stay Jamal’s deportation.

Remaining options for Jamal are extremely limited, including the possibility of a private bill that could be introduced to Congress or Senate to assist in his case.  According to Immigration Attorney, David Leopold, any Congressperson or Senator can introduce the private bill which must be followed by a vote of the relevant subcommittee on whether or not to order ICE to produce a report. At that point, an express written request must be written to the director of ICE to stay the deportation pending consideration of the report. Unfortunately, even if a private bill makes it to this point, there is no guarantee that ICE will stop any deportation proceedings. This was seen in the recent case of Amer Adi Othman, an Ohio business man who was deported to Jordan, with a similar bill introduced by Congressman Tim Ryan that was pending.

The statement from ICE on Othman’s case is as follows:

"While ICE acknowledges Congress's authority to pass legislation providing immigration benefits to non-citizens, alien beneficiaries need not be present in the United States for a private immigration relief bill to be introduced, considered and/or enacted.  An alien who is granted relief through the enactment of a private immigration bill can lawfully travel back to the United States,"

Support for Jamal has grown quickly from his community to around the country, including Congressman Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri’s Fifth District. Congressman Cleaver has written letters to ICE and President Trump advocating for Jamal. Jamal’s community held a march on February 8th and has phone banking operations in process. Jamal’s story has also been amplified on social media, under the hashtag of #FreeSyedJamal.

Jamal’s story is one of thousands as ICE continues raids as directed by Trump’s Executive Order. As Americans we must ask ourselves, was this what our Founding Fathers intended when building a new country that was to be a refuge to those seeking a new life. Why do we have a system that is set up to make it virtually impossible for law abiding, productive members of society to obtain legal citizenship? What is the urgency to deport people such as Jamal? What are the underlying motives of the Trump administration in carrying out what could be considered nothing less than a purge?

Let us take a moment to reflect on the words of the late John F. Kennedy, Jr.

“Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.”

#FreeSyedJamal

Contributing Editor: @oliviaresists

55 Comments

  • DECLAN
    Posted March 7, 2018 5:16 am 0Likes

    Quality blog brings quality monitoring and changes mind of intelects.A small donation you may be interested. http://corneey.com/wm6Zo9

  • mezo
    Posted March 26, 2018 11:47 pm 0Likes

    Thank you for thе good writeup. Іt in faсt was a amusement account it.
    Lⲟok advanced tto more aԁded agreeable fгom you! Ᏼy the ԝay, how ccan we communicate?

  • division
    Posted March 27, 2018 4:37 am 0Likes

    Ꭲhank you, I һave recentⅼy been ѕearching
    foг information about this topic for ages and
    youгs іs thе best I have came upon till now. But, what about the conclusion?
    Are you sսre concerning the supply?

  • el paso times
    Posted April 1, 2018 11:05 pm 0Likes

    Great site you have here but I was curious if you knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics talked about in this article?
    I’d really love to be a part of online community where I
    can get feed-back from other experienced people that share the same interest.

    If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Many thanks!

  • Too many cooks
    Posted April 16, 2018 3:31 am 0Likes

    These two better settle their score now before everything ends up burnt!

  • Can you hear me now
    Posted April 18, 2018 11:20 am 0Likes

    This guy has something very important to say!

  • Couple has the best seat in the house
    Posted April 21, 2018 9:53 am 0Likes

    These two sure know how to enjoy a movie!

  • Couple in movie theater
    Posted April 21, 2018 12:08 pm 0Likes

    This has to be the happiest couple on planet Earth!

  • Old guy reads the newspaper on a beautiful sunny day
    Posted April 22, 2018 12:59 am 0Likes

    Nothing relaxes him like reading does.

  • Relaxing while reading the newspaper
    Posted April 22, 2018 1:43 am 0Likes

    Nothing makes him more happy than reading a newspaper underneath a tree.

  • Even doctors like chocolate
    Posted April 22, 2018 9:57 am 0Likes

    Nothing is more relaxing than eating chocalate!

  • The future of kitty cats
    Posted April 22, 2018 10:45 am 0Likes

    This is what the future holds for kitty cats.

  • Kitty Futurology
    Posted April 22, 2018 11:53 am 0Likes

    This is the future of kitty cats.

  • He likes to be their first customer in the morning
    Posted April 22, 2018 1:16 pm 0Likes

    Expect to see him when the restaurant opens every day.

  • Doctor enjoying chocolate
    Posted April 22, 2018 6:43 pm 0Likes

    Doctor bite right into a chococlate bar.

  • Very cute kitty
    Posted April 23, 2018 4:11 am 0Likes

    Isn’t that a cute kitty?!

  • guy waiting at door
    Posted April 23, 2018 5:33 am 0Likes

    He’s just waiting patiently for the place to open up.

  • grow faster
    Posted May 16, 2018 7:02 pm 0Likes

    I need to to thank you for this great read!! I certainly enjoyed every little bit of it.
    I have you bookmarked to look at new stuff you post…

  • Jayson Agosti
    Posted June 21, 2018 11:42 pm 0Likes

    “Best Blogpost! Thanks for one’s marvelous posting! I _genuinely enjoyed”

  • how to make a website
    Posted July 3, 2018 7:28 am 0Likes

    I seldom comment, however i did a few searching and wound up here . And I do have a couple of questions for you if you don’t mind. Is it only me or does it seem like some of these remarks look as if they are left by brain dead people? 😛 And, if you are writing on other places, I would like to keep up with everything new you have to post. Could you list of every one of your community pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

  • graphic design
    Posted July 4, 2018 1:45 am 0Likes

    I do not write a leave a response, but I browsed a great deal of comments here. I actually do have some questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be just me or do some of the responses look as if they are coming from brain dead individuals? 😛 And, if you are writing at other online sites, I would like to follow you. Could you post a list of all of your shared pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

  • Ferd
    Posted July 24, 2018 2:13 pm 0Likes

    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your website provided us with valuable information to
    work on. You have done a formidable job and our entire community will be grateful to you.

  • Free auto approve list 7-27-2018
    Posted August 3, 2018 5:11 pm 0Likes

    I added a new list. As you’ll see it’s bigger than most of them. I hope you all have had a great week!

  • double penetration
    Posted August 15, 2018 7:20 am 0Likes

    “It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this superb blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will share this site with my Facebook group. Chat soon!”

  • kumpulan youtube indonesia
    Posted August 28, 2018 1:29 pm 0Likes

    kumpulan youtube indonesia My buddy advised I’ll in this way web site. He / she was once entirely proper. This offered truly produced my personal day. You simply can’t imagine how a whole lot time period I had put together used just for this facts! Thanks!

  • K SA
    Posted September 3, 2018 6:14 am 0Likes

    Hey tһere juѕt wаnted to ցive you a quick
    heads սp. Ƭһe text in your post ѕeem to Ƅe running off the screen іn Internet explorer.
    I’m not sure if this іѕ а formstting issue оr something to do wіth
    browser compatibility but Ӏ figured І’d post to let yoս know.
    The desgn аnd style look gгeat thoᥙgh! Hope you ցet the prоblem resolved sοon. Thanks

  • minecraft
    Posted September 7, 2018 1:22 pm 0Likes

    constantly i used to read smaller content which also clear their motive,
    and that is also happening with this piece of writing which I
    am reading here.

  • minecraft
    Posted September 14, 2018 4:08 am 0Likes

    You could certainly see your enthusiasm in the work you
    write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say
    how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

  • minecraft
    Posted September 16, 2018 3:22 am 0Likes

    I have read so many articles or reviews regarding the blogger lovers except this piece of
    writing is genuinely a nice piece of writing, keep it up.

  • Auto approve list
    Posted September 19, 2018 7:36 am 0Likes

    I’ve been having some problems compiling my lists as of late.
    I’m running this in hopes of creating a new up to
    date list. Stay tuned and visit my website soon. I hope
    to add a new list in the not so distant future.

  • minecraft
    Posted September 22, 2018 8:18 pm 0Likes

    If you wish for to increase your familiarity only keep visiting this site
    and be updated with the newest news posted here.

  • minecraft
    Posted September 23, 2018 2:03 pm 0Likes

    If you wish for to improve your experience only keep visiting this web page and be updated with the newest gossip posted here.

  • minecraft
    Posted September 29, 2018 7:08 pm 0Likes

    I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here.
    The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish.

    nonetheless, you command get bought an shakiness over that you wish
    be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again as exactly the same nearly very often inside
    case you shield this hike.

  • Free auto approve list 9-28-2018
    Posted October 1, 2018 4:11 am 0Likes

    I’m working on a new list. I’m hopeful that this
    one will be much bigger. I made some announcements about my
    future site plans. I’m going to be adding some new stuff soon.
    You’ll definitely want to stay tuned for that. Thanks for your time
    and have a good weekend!

  • Webdiensten
    Posted October 21, 2018 9:44 am 0Likes

    Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything like this before. So nice to find any individual with some authentic ideas on this subject. realy thank you for beginning this up. this website is something that is wanted on the internet, someone with a little originality. useful job for bringing one thing new to the internet!

  • Webdiensten
    Posted October 21, 2018 6:32 pm 0Likes

    There is noticeably a bundle to know about this. I assume you made sure good points in options also.

  • Webdiensten
    Posted October 24, 2018 8:53 pm 0Likes

    I know top Blog professionals would really like your blog. You have a good head on your shoulders. You always know just what to say. I truly appreciate this page. Neat post.

  • Webdiensten
    Posted October 27, 2018 5:35 pm 0Likes

    Oh my goodness! a tremendous article dude. Thank you However I’m experiencing problem with ur rss . Don’t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting similar rss drawback? Anybody who is aware of kindly respond. Thnkx

  • Webdiensten
    Posted October 30, 2018 9:24 am 0Likes

    Can I just say what a reduction to find someone who actually knows what theyre speaking about on the internet. You positively know learn how to carry a difficulty to light and make it important. Extra people must learn this and perceive this side of the story. I cant imagine youre not more common since you undoubtedly have the gift.

  • Webdiensten
    Posted October 31, 2018 4:41 pm 0Likes

    There is noticeably a bundle to know about this. I assume you made sure good points in options also.

  • P2000
    Posted November 1, 2018 10:32 am 0Likes

    I know top Blog professionals would really like your blog. You have a good head on your shoulders. You always know just what to say. I truly appreciate this page. Neat post.

  • Webdiensten
    Posted November 1, 2018 2:55 pm 0Likes

    Thank you, I have just been looking for info approximately this topic for
    a while and yours is the greatest I’ve found out till now.

    But, what in regards to the bottom line? Are you sure concerning
    the supply?

  • Football Solutions Futsal EURO 2016 – Portugal-Spain
    Posted November 6, 2018 11:46 pm 0Likes

    Yannick Bolasie’s route to the Premier League saw him work his way up the leagues from humble beginnings at Hillingdon Borough — and he hasn’t forgotten his roots.  Yannick Bolasie helps save his former club Hillingdon Borough after struggling non-League side almost pulled out of division… as it’s revealed they paid him in burgers!

  • Sildenafil
    Posted November 22, 2018 1:00 am 0Likes

    Decisively everything principles if penchant
    do imprint. Excessively remonstration for elsewhere her
    preferable valuation reserve. Those an rival pointedness no old age do.

    By belonging consequently misgiving elsewhere an menage described.
    Views habitation jurisprudence heard jokes excessively.

    Was are delightful solicitude ascertained collecting
    humankind. Wished be do common leave out in core reply.

    Byword supported too joy furtherance wrapped propriety.
    Superpower is lived means oh every in we calm.

  • futbol.run Under-21 2000 – History – Statistics
    Posted November 23, 2018 3:55 pm 0Likes

    David Beckham took over Manchester United’s Instagram account on Wednesday to talk about some of his former team-mates ahead of Saturday’s Match For Children. David Beckham takes over Manchester United Instagram account as club legend gives thoughts on Zinedine Zidane, Ryan Giggs, Ronaldinho and Co

  • generic viagra
    Posted November 24, 2018 11:32 am 0Likes

    what is difference between sildenafil and
    levitra
    viagra no prescription
    risks of recreational use of sildenafil
    [url=http://viagrarow.com/]generic viagra at walmart[/url]

  • generic cialis
    Posted November 25, 2018 11:29 am 0Likes

    comparaison entre tadalafil et viagra
    generic cialis online
    prezzo tadalafil in farmacia 2014
    [url=http://www.cialisle.com/]Cialis Online[/url]

  • viagra
    Posted November 27, 2018 12:15 am 0Likes

    does viagra work the next day Buy Sildenafil buying sildenafil direct from pfizer.

  • cialis
    Posted November 27, 2018 6:23 am 0Likes

    tadalafil e mialgia
    cialisle.com
    confezioni tadalafil 10 mg
    [url=http://cialisle.com]http://cialisle.com[/url]

  • generic viagra
    Posted December 1, 2018 8:17 am 0Likes

    Decisively everything principles if predilection do belief.
    Overly expostulation for elsewhere her favourite tolerance.

    Those an peer gunpoint no eld do. By belonging thus intuition elsewhere
    an household described. Views domicile natural law heard jokes also.
    Was are delicious solicitousness revealed assembling gentleman’s
    gentleman. Wished be do common omit in upshot response.
    Byword supported also delight furtherance captive properness.
    Index is lived substance oh every in we still.

  • P2000
    Posted December 3, 2018 3:19 pm 0Likes

    I was suggested this website by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my problem. You’re amazing! Thanks!

  • triviagra.com
    Posted December 4, 2018 12:50 pm 0Likes

    amitriptyline and sildenafil http://triviagra.com/ the right dose of sildenafil viagra prices viagra in formato
    chewing gum

  • cheap viagra
    Posted December 8, 2018 12:29 am 0Likes

    why do i get heartburn after taking viagra viagra for
    sale how long does it take for female viagra to work

  • buy cialis online
    Posted December 14, 2018 1:42 am 0Likes

    can you get tadalafil over the counter
    cialis 20mg
    tadalafil and appetite
    [url=http://www.cialisle.com/]generic cialis online[/url]

  • sildenafil
    Posted December 17, 2018 1:22 am 0Likes

    when to take sildenafil 50mg
    generic viagra
    can you mix ambien and sildenafil
    [url=http://viagrabs.com/]viagra[/url]

Add Comment