Support the Jamal Family

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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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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
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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

More about the Avelica story:
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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!

Keep emailing the Chicago ICE Community Relations Office

Tell them that Syed Jamal should be home with his family as the legal process runs it course.
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If you agree, Syed Ahmed Jamal needs to remain in Lawrence with his family, teaching science like he has for 31 years -

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Syed Ahmed Jamal's case should be reopened because his original case was legally flawed. He has suffered from mistakes ICE made granting him status and then later revoking it. Moreover he should stay because he is a dedicated member of our Lawrence community for 31 years, has no criminal history and has 3 US citizen children.

Syed Ahmed Jamal has
the support of our community
the hard work of Rekha Sharma-Crawford behind him
a private bill by Rep Lynn Jenkins and Rep Emmanuel Cleaver
the pro bono help of Polsinelli (an 800 lawyer firm)
over 400 notarized letters
over 107,000 signatures on a petition
hundreds of news articles and media support

……and despite all of this, he is STILL being detained by ICE.

We live in a democracy and ICE has prosecutorial discretion to allow Syed Ahmed Jamal to be returned to his family in Lawrence, KS. The court also has the opportunity to reopen his case and allow Syed Ahmed Jamal his due process.

Please hear our democratic voices. Americans should not be voiceless.

The phone numbers keep changing on us, so we are switching to email....

Email the Chicago ICE Community Relations Office

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

Sign the petition and SHARE!! -
This is what over 107,000 signatures looks like!!
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