Ensure that Saheeda Nadeem can live in Kalamazoo, MI without fear of deportation.
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Our neighbor, Saheeda Nadeem, has been living and working in the United States for the last 13 years. Originally from Pakistan, she fled the country over 40 years ago and lived in Kuwait before making her way to the states under a non-immigrant visa.
Her visa expired on June 18, 2010, at which point a federal judge ordered she be removed from the U.S. Two appeals to the Board of Immigration in 2011 and 2012 were denied. Saheeda’s original asylum case was denied largely due to errors in translation—an all too common determinant in asylum case denials.
Saheeda has worked fulltime as a caregiver in a group home for over a decade, serving disabled adults. She is known in our community as “Auntie Saheeda.” Saheeda has broken no laws while living in the U.S. She has paid her taxes each year she’s lived here.
Now 62, Saheeda has taken up sanctuary in First Congregational Church as a final effort to avoid deportation. If she were forced to return to Pakistan, we believe her life would be in danger due to personal matters.
Kalamazoo has been the home she's shared with her two children. Her 20 year old son Samad lives in Kalamazoo, and is attending school at Western Michigan University via the “Kalamazoo Promise.” Her daughter Lareb died in a car accident in 2016, a month after graduating from WMU. Saheeda visited her daughter's grave every day to pray—something she is no longer able to do.
We are urging the Michigan House Judiciary Committee to pass a private bill granting Ms. Saheeda Nadeem a stay of deportation. Please add your name to support this effort and help protect our neighbor, Auntie Saheeda.
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