Kansas chemistry professor facing deportation granted new stay

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP/KAKE) -

A federal immigration board has granted a new stay of removal for a Kansas chemist who is battling efforts to deport him to Bangladesh.

That came Monday afternoon, hours after a federal immigration judge dissolved a temporary stay he had issued last week for 55-year-old Syed Ahmed Jamal, who was arrested in late January in Lawrence.

Jamal's attorneys quickly filed a new motion for a stay with the Board of Immigration Appeals in Virginia, which granted it late.

The chemist and adjunct professor has lived in the U.S. for more than 30 years. He and his wife have three U.S. native children live in Lawrence.

His arrest and possible deportation sparked protests and criticism, including from Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver.

 Immigration officials have not explained why they decided to arrest him Jan. 24.


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A judge has denied a stay that would keep a Kansas chemist in the U.S. while he battles immigration officials' efforts to deport him to Bangladesh.

Attorneys for 55-year-old Syed Ahmed Jamal said a federal immigration judge on Monday dissolved a temporary stay issued last week, meaning Jamal could be deported at any time. Jamal's attorneys immediately filed a new motion for stay with the Board of Immigration Appeals in Virginia.

Jamal, who has lived in the U.S. for more than 30 years, was arrested Jan. 24 in Lawrence.His attorneys at the Sharma-Crawford firm in Kansas City said Monday it was unclear whether Jamal was still at a detention center in El Paso, Texas.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri and Rep. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas issued statements Monday saying they were disappointed in the judge's decision

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