Scientist and father Syed Jamal is being held by the ICE — despite not having a criminal record.
His brother stated, “It’s causing undue emotional damage to the kids. There’s no reason for it. I just don’t understand the rationale behind it.”
Jamal, a chemistry professor, has lived in the U.S. for 30 years with his wife and three children. He was arrested in his front yard in January for overstaying his visa, and his family had to wait a month to visit him. In 2011, he was given a “voluntary departure” notice by a judge after his visa became in valid. Not wanting to leave or move his family, he stayed, which triggered a final deportation order, meaning that ICE could detain him at any time. Jamal moved to the U.S. from Bangladesh to escape ethnic persecution. His family hopes he will be released soon.
Detainment and deportation generally affects more people than just the individual involved. Oftentimes, immigrants have families and children that also suffer as a result. So, while Jamal’s case is being weighed over, his family continues to live in uncertainty.
“I just really need my dad back and so does my brother and my sister.” Jamal’s son stated.