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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Congressman Cleaver Pleased to Hear ICE officials Have Granted Stay for Local College Professor

Feb 8, 2018
Press Release
After public outcry and political engagement, ICE officials have granted a stay for Syed Jamal who faced deportation to Bangladesh

(Washington, D.C.) –  Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II wrote a letter to the Assistant Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mr. Raymond Kovacic, encouraging him to exercise favorable discretion and grant a stay of deportation for Mr. Syed Jamal. The letter can be read here.

Congressman Cleaver became involved after his Kansas City, Missouri district office was contacted by Mr. Jamal’s attorneys, his family and friends.

“Although Mr. Jamal does not live in my district, I received many calls from my constituents asking for my help. I could not sit by and watch a deserving father and husband and a contributing member of this society be torn away from his family and ripped from this country. The situation became dire and Mr. Jamal had only days to be deported. There were compelling humanitarian reasons why this case should go before a judge and I believe it was my ethical and moral responsibility to speak up for him. I’m glad to see that the courts have listened and decided not to deport Mr. Syed,” said Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II.

Congressman Cleaver has been an advocate for a clear and permanent pathway to citizenship and is opposed to funding for a border wall. He supports legislation such as the DREAM act and was disappointed in to President Trump’s decision to terminate the DACA program.

Congressman Cleaver also wrote to President Trump regarding Syed Jamal. The letter can be read here.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Heather Frierson at 816-842-4545 or A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.