Bangladeshi man facing deportation gets reprieve until 2022

National News

November 29, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Arrested Kansas chemist Syed Jamal, dressed in orange and white striped jail clothes, saw his wife and three children through jail windows on Feb. 18. (Shelly Yang/Kansas City Star/TNS)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas man who is fighting deportation to his native Bangladesh for overstaying his visa was given a reprieve until at least 2022 after an immigration judge agreed to consider whether he could legally stay in the U.S.

Syed Jamal, of Lawrence, had the first hearing of his recently reopened case Tuesday in Immigration Court in Kansas City, Mo. Judge Glen Baker said he would review whether Jamal qualified for certain forms of deportation relief and set the next hearing for April 27, 2022, The Lawrence Journal-World reported.

Jamal and his supporters began fighting his deportation in January when immigration agents arrested him at his Lawrence home for twice overstaying his visa. He was on a plane back to Bangladesh when a court ordered that he be returned to the U.S. He was removed from the plane in Hawaii.

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