Support the Jamal Family

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Raised by 1,387 people in 3 months
Created February 2, 2018
Mr. Syed Ahmed Jamal, beloved Lawrence family man, scientist and community leader, has been detained by ICE agents and is being held in jail in Morgan County, Missouri awaiting deportation.  Syed is a well-respected Molecular Biologist who has done significant research with the University of Kansas, Children’s Mercy, Rockhurst University, and other local entities.  He has lived in the United States for thirty years and has attained his undergraduate and graduate degrees here.  Syed is a devoted supporter of his children’s schools, regularly volunteering in classrooms and on site councils and recently mounting a campaign for a vacated school board seat.  Syed is viewed as a leader within his faith community at the Lawrence Islamic Center as well.

  Last week, Syed was arrested in front of two of his children as he readied them for school.  His wife and three children (9th grade, 7th grade, and 1st grade) are devastated and fearful.   This family is in crisis and needs our support.  Please donate towards legal costs while this family fights  for a stay of removal.

My name is Marci Leuschen, a friend of the family in Lawrence,KS, and I am helping to organize this on behalf of Syed's family.   These generous donations will be used to help fund Syed's legal costs and the added expenditures that come from being in this situation.  
Syed's brother, Syed H. Jamal of Phoenix, AZ will manage these funds.
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Syed Jamal is HOME in Lawrence, KS

It's far from over, but man, did this feel good to see this family come back together on Tuesday – March 20th! Don't ever let anyone tell you that a unified voice and a community committed to action can't make a difference. There is still much more work to do to keep Syed from being deported. For now, we are thankful that Syed will be with his family while his case progresses with the Board of Immigrations Appeals. We are thankful for all your support over the past 56 days, we couldn’t have done it without you!!
Thank you to our members of Congress - Representative Lynn Jenkins, Representative Emmanuel Cleaver and Senator Claire McCaskill for listening to our concerns and supporting us in this fight.
A big shout out to Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins who is sponsoring the Private Bill which provides a pathway to permanent residency for Syed and Angela Jamal.


Statement from Lynn Jenkins following the release of Syed Jamal
March 20, 2018
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) released the following statement after a federal district court ordered the release of Syed Jamal.
“Over the past 30 years, Syed Jamal has been living, learning, working, paying taxes, and ultimately raising three all-star American born kids with his wife Angela right here in Kansas. With limited resources and violent, criminal illegal immigrants still in our country, the fact that our government would prioritize resources to attempt to deport Syed is offensive to our common sense and a fiscally reckless use of taxpayer dollars. Syed is the type of immigrant our nation always has and should continue to welcome, exactly the type of immigrant this “nation of immigrants” was built by.”
FAMILY HUGS!
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RALLY TO SUPPORT SYED

The coalition to Free Syed Jamal is asking for a large showing of support for Syed at his court hearing as we continue our fight to return him to his family. The hearing is on Tuesday, March 20th at 10:30 a.m at the Federal Court House in Kansas City. Plan on arriving with enough time to find parking and clear security. (see parking info link below)

We will be carpooling and caravanning from Lawrence at 8:30 a.m. You can meet people at one of two locations: the HyVee parking lot on 23rd St. and Kasold or at Plymouth Church, 925 Vermont St. This will be a respectful gathering to show support for Syed and his family during such a crucially important moment in his case for freedom.

Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse
400 East 9th St. Kansas City, Missouri 64106

Parking information
http://www.mow.uscourts.gov/sites/mow/files/KC_Parking_Map.pdf
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Immigration in America : the struggle of two families

Today, March 15th at 4pm CST the Jamal family will be coming together with the Avelica family of Los Angeles to share their stories of their fathers being detained by ICE. Please join us on the Facebook live https://www.facebook.com/mpacnational/



More about the Avelica story:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-romulo-immigrant-activist-20170831-story.html
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National law firm announces pro bono support in deportation case of Syed Jamal

Polsinelli, one of the nation’s largest law firms, has joined the legal fight to free Syed Jamal. 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.

Way to stand up for what is right Polsinelli!

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article204233679.html

Keep emailing the Chicago ICE Community Relations Office

CommunityRelations.Chicago@ice.dhs.gov

Tell them that Syed Jamal should be home with his family as the legal process runs it course.
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