Help to stop the deportation of Syed Ahmed Jamal
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Mr. Syed Ahmed Jamal, a well-respected scientist and community leader, was arrested by ICE – on his front lawn, in front of his children. Now he’s at risk of being deported to Bangladesh, where he is an ethnic minority and would be in serious danger.
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Syed Ahmed Jamal has lived in the United States for 30 years. He works as a molecular biologist and has done significant research with the University of Kansas, Children’s Mercy, and Rockhurst University. When he’s not working, he volunteers regularly at his children’s schools, and is a leader within his faith community. He would leave behind his wife and three children, who are “devastated and fearful.”
Add your name to our petition to help him and his family. Below is a letter from Syed’s son.
My name is Taseen Jamal, and my father has recently been arrested, taken to the Morgan County, MO, jail, and is being considered for deportation. My little brother cries every night, my sister can't focus in school, and I cannot sleep at night. My mother is in trauma, and because she is a live organ donor, she only has one kidney, so the stress is very dangerous. She could die if he is deported. If my father is deported, my siblings and I may never get to see him again. He is an older man, and due to the conditions of his home country, he might not be able to survive.
My father called us, and he was crying like like a little child because he was thinking about what would happen to us if he got deported. If he gets sent back to Bangladesh, his home country, he will be in grave danger, and people of his kind are persecuted there. My dad could likely would face persecution or even death at the hands of radical Islamist extremist gangs back in Bangladesh due to his liberal and secular writings and postings on social media platforms and publications. My dad being a US educated outspoken Western Liberal Secular Muslim, he could face a similar fate as those faced by many US educated Bangladeshi bloggers in the recent time. He has been in the US for 30 years, and the law has kept him from gaining citizenship. He has helped throughout our community, and has a lot breakthroughs in science, many of which are still being researched. If he is deported, that research may never be finished, making a great loss to the field is science.
We are the children of Syed Ahmed Jamal, and we are requesting on behalf of our family for your kind help to get back our father. A home is not a home without a father.
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