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National law firm announces pro bono support in deportation case of Lawrence father; hearing date set

Naheen Jamal, 12-year-old daughter of Syed Jamal, center, is flanked by her friends Elizabeth Anderson, left, and Anna Anderson as they lead a Free Syed Jamal march on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at Lawrence Creates. Jamal, a Bangladeshi-born Lawrence resident, research scientist and academic, was detained by ICE on Jan. 24. Jamal was issued a temporary stay of deportation on Wednesday.

Naheen Jamal, 12-year-old daughter of Syed Jamal, center, is flanked by her friends Elizabeth Anderson, left, and Anna Anderson as they lead a Free Syed Jamal march on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at Lawrence Creates. Jamal, a Bangladeshi-born Lawrence resident, research scientist and academic, was detained by ICE on Jan. 24. Jamal was issued a temporary stay of deportation on Wednesday.

March 8, 2018

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One of the nation’s largest law firms has joined the legal fight to free Syed Jamal, the Lawrence father whose deportation case has attracted international attention over the last several months.

Polsinelli, of Kansas City, Mo., announced Thursday afternoon that its lawyers have partnered with Jamal’s immigration counsel, Rekha Sharma-Crawford, in efforts to release Jamal from jail and obtain permanent residence status for the 55-year-old scientist and academic, who has lived in the U.S. for more than 30 years.

Jamal, who was born in Bangladesh, has remained in U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement custody since his arrest Jan. 24 in Lawrence. He’s been detained at Missouri’s Platte County Jail for nearly a month now as his family fights for his release.

Polsinelli’s pro bono efforts have been spearheaded by Alan Anderson, a neighbor of Jamal’s and vice chair of Polsinelli’s Energy Practice Group. Polsinelli has more than 800 attorneys and 20 offices nationwide.

A news release from Polsinelli said the legal team has “capitalized on the firm’s public policy strengths both locally and nationally in Washington, D.C.” to assist Jamal and his family, including his wife, Angela Zaynub Chowdhury, and their three U.S.-born children.

Jamal’s case is currently under review by the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals and federal courts in Washington, D.C., the news release said. ICE has stated that it does not intend to release Jamal and return him to his family under a continued order of supervision while the courts review his case.

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security filed a motion with the Board of Immigration Appeals asking it to lift the stay of removal and expedite Jamal’s appeal in an effort to speed up his legal review.

Polsinelli also said its legal team is “working around the clock” to build support for a private bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins that would grant Jamal and his wife, also from Bangladesh, permanent residence status.

A hearing date in Jamal’s case has been set for March 20 in Kansas City, Mo.

Comments

Bob Smith 1 month, 1 week ago

If only the offender hadn't overstayed his visa.....

Clara Westphal 1 month, 1 week ago

Or if he hadn't ignored all of the warnings from ICE and defied a judge's order.

Brock Masters 1 month, 1 week ago

Or if his 4 siblings had shared the secret handshake that allowed them to become citizens.

He has no one to blame but himself.

Aaron McGrogor 1 month, 1 week ago

Y'all are sitting on your pedestals as usual. Great look Clara and Bob.

Bob Smith 1 month, 1 week ago

I've never overstayed a visa in any country.

Aaron McGrogor 1 month, 1 week ago

Oh, well hats off to you. I'm sure you've never done anything remotely illegal or wrong.

Bob Smith 1 month, 1 week ago

Didn't say that, but feel free to keep making stuff up.

Clara Westphal 1 month, 1 week ago

I would rather be on a pedestal than in trouble with ICE. Thirty years is more than enough time to obtain citizenship. He was his own worst enemy.

Brock Masters 1 month, 1 week ago

Send Syed Jamal home. He had his opportunity to become a citizen and he squandered it. Time to enforce the law and send him home.

How do you deport 12 million illegal aliens? 1 illegal alien at a time.

Brock Masters 1 month, 1 week ago

Instead of worrying about illegal aliens why don’t we start worrying about Americans, the homeless, the hungry, those without hope?

Instead of spending tax payer dollars on other countries let’s spend it at home.

Let’s build 1 training center in a major a major city in each state. The training center will be funded with tax dollars and thus open to anyone willing to abide by the rules, committed to learning and bettering themselves. Include a dormitory for homeless students.

The goal will be to educate and train workers to meet the needs of business.

The rules? Attendance, no drugs, no violence, and community service.

Bob Summers 1 month, 1 week ago

What's the big deal? Liberals have been in collusion with trespassing foreign nationals that subvert and meddle in the American voting process for years.

Just give him sanctuary.

Cee C Rock 1 month ago

I applaud the Law firm efforts. Had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Jamal last year at a Middle school event. It would be an honor to have this man as my neighbor. I hope everything works out for him and his family.

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