Iraqi man facing deportation takes sanctuary at local church

Posted on 30. Jul, 2017 by in Action Alerts, Immigration

An Albuquerque man who moved here as a refugee from Iraq in 1994 faced deportation and expected to be detained by immigration officers, but took sanctuary from a local church.

Rebecca Kitson, a lawyer for Kadhim Al-bumohammed, said he decided to skip his immigration hearing.

Kitson says Immigration and Customs Enforcement knows where he is. His family can visit him at the church whenever he wants but he can’t leave the premises.

The U.S. government says 1,400 Iraqis are under deportation orders nationwide. Al-bumohammed was convicted on domestic violence charges in the 90’s but came under ICE’s radar when he missed an immigration hearing.

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