LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A federal immigration board issued a stay of deportation for a Kansas father and husband who has been in the country for more than 30 years, but his attorney says he was already on a flight to his native Bangladesh.
The Board of Immigration Appeals in Virginia issued the stay Monday, but 55-year-old Syed Ahmed Jamal was already mid-flight.
His attorney, Rekha Sharma-Crawford, said Monday that the plane was slated to refuel in Hawaii and she was hopeful he'd be pulled from the flight before it left the U.S.
She didn't immediately reply to a phone message Tuesday inquiring about whether Jamal was pulled from the flight.
Jamal has worked as an adjunct professor and researcher at Kansas City-area colleges. He entered the U.S. legally in 1987 to attend the University of Kansas but overstayed his visa while pursuing a doctorate. He was ordered deported in 2011 but had been allowed to stay in the U.S. and check in regularly with immigration authorities.
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