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Sunday, February 11, 2018

President Trump suggests that the aim of his crackdown on immigrants is to "defend Americans" from "savage," "worst of the worst" intruders who kill Americans or at least are "dangerous criminals." What does Trump's crackdown look like in real life? In Lawrence, Kan., the other day, immigration agents handcuffed a beloved chemistry professor as he was leaving his home to drive his daughter to school. Then they warned his crying wife and children, ages 7 to 14, that they could be arrested if they tried to hug him goodbye, and drove off with him -- leaving a shattered family behind. "I'm a normal 12-year-old with a dad like everybody else's dad," the daughter he was about to drive that morning, Naheen Jamal, told me. "I don't understand why this is happening."




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Her dad, Syed A. Jamal, 55, had been in America for 30 years, having arrived legally from Bangladesh as a student, before overstaying his visa. He loved Kansas and settled in Lawrence, teaching at local colleges and volunteering at local schools -- even running for the school board. He coached students in science and sports.

Jamal, who seems just about the least dangerous person in America, is now in jail pending deportation to Bangladesh. A court intervened with a temporary stay as the government was trying to rush him out of the country.

While this arrest has done nothing to make anyone safer, it is devastating for three American citizens in particular -- his children. Their mom, Angela, also of Bangladeshi origin, donated a kidney last year, and Jamal is the only source of family income.


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Jamal earned a graduate degree in pharmaceutical sciences, worked as a researcher in cancer and genetics and became renowned for helping others. He even assisted elderly neighbors with their weekly shopping and checked on their medicines.

"The truth is, the country needs more neighbors like Syed," wrote a local pastor, Eleanor McCormick, whose Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence has helped lead the grass-roots effort to support him.


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"Agents handcuffed a beloved chemistry professor as he was leaving home to drive his daughter to school. Then they warned his crying wife and children, ages 7 to 14, that they could be arrested if they tried to hug him goodbye."

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-11 11:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trumptilians are vile scum.

#2 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-02-11 12:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So he committed a crime. And co tongues commit to f said crime for 30 years. Somebody please list the laws that do and do not have to be folliwed.

#3 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2018-02-11 04:16 PM | Reply

What's sad is, it took 30 years to find an illegal squatter.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-02-11 04:54 PM | Reply

Sorry, forgot to provide the link:


It didn't take ICE 30 years to find this man. Up until now, he was allowed to stay here as long as he reported regularly:

Jamal has had a tortuous series of interactions with the impossibly complex immigration system. Several years ago, immigration authorities ruled that he had overstayed his visa, but the Obama administration exercised discretion, and (like countless others) he was allowed to stay if he reported in regularly. So Jamal had a temporary work permit and checked in with the immigration authorities, most recently on Jan. 7. Everything seemed to be fine -- until the immigration officers decided for some reason to blow up his family's life.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-11 08:57 PM | Reply

I'd rather have a foreign-born "researcher in cancer and genetics" as my countryman and neighbor than an American-born White Supremacist Trump voter any day of the week.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-11 09:09 PM | Reply

Everything seemed to be fine --

No it wasn't 'fine', Gal. The second his visa expired, and he KNEW his visa was expired, nothing was fine.
The gov't has been kicking this can down the road for decades...I get it. But, now it's time to get the paperwork straight, or go home.

If a person chooses to get married, have kids, buy a house, or whatever while holding nothing but an expired visa??

You do so at your own risk. If you don't believe me, Gal, try and establish a life in ANY country you choose with an expired visa and I assure your dream will be over shortly.

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-02-12 10:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I've worked all over the globe in my career, while working with people who ALSO work all over the globe.

Guess what?? I need a proper visa to stay and work in that country.

I've had to leave countries when I couldn't get my visa renewed. I've been denied at borders because I didn't have the right stamp.

The entire world uses visas, Gal. Every country on the planet will evict you if your paperwork isn't straight.

Quit acting like this is some big, bad, awful Trump process.

#8 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-02-12 11:10 AM | Reply

Even some Trump voters aren't happy about this administration's crackdown on people in their communities they knew as fellow students, co-workers and friends:

The missing - consequences of Trump's immigration crackdown

In a rural county that voted for Trump, people are shocked to see friends deported and schoolmates disappear. Now a community is coming to terms with the economic and emotional consequences.

The Trump team insists the actions of the deportation force, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is simply a matter of applying the law and delivering a key election pledge.


#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-12 01:45 PM | Reply

Somebody that educated should know better than to self-report to the US government while hoping for the best.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-13 10:08 AM | Reply

This is a symptom of selective memory. The POTUS who deported more individuals than any other was Barack Husein Obama, at a rate far more aggressive than Trump in his first year. I guess that if deportations are done while a Dem is in office, it doesn't count.

#11 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-02-13 11:58 AM | Reply

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