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Updated: ABQ Resident Fearing Deportation To Iraq Gets Reprieve

Updated: ABQ Resident Fearing Deportation To Iraq Gets Reprieve

The ACLU highlighted the case of Kadhim Al-bumohammed, a 64-year-old Albuquerque resident who came from Iraq as a refugee in 1991 and who fears he will be taken into custody, deported and separated from his wife and his family.

The Albuquerque Journal reported that Kadhim Al-bumohammed, an Albuquerque resident who is facing deportation to Iraq, got at least a one-day reprieve. The Journal reported that ICE officials told Al-bumohammed that his appointment with them, which had been scheduled for Monday, had been canceled for the day.

The newspaper reported that at least 200 supporters turned out to support Al-bumohammed before his scheduled appointment with officials from the US. Immigration and Customs Office in Albuquerque.

Our earlier story:

The ACLU of New Mexico said Monday that it has joined a class-action lawsuit that seeks to halt the deportation of more than 100 Iraqis nationwide who fear torture and persecution should they be removed to Iraq.

Iraqis have been a recent target of Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention and deportation efforts, the ACLU said. On June 23, the ACLU won an injunction which stopped the deportation of more than 100 Iraqis living in Michigan.

And at a news conference in Albuquerque on Monday, the ACLU highlighted the case of Kadhim Al-bumohammed, a 64-year-old Albuquerque resident who came from Iraq as a refugee in 1991 and who fears he will be taken into custody and deported and separated from his wife and his family.

Al-bumohammed worked as a contractor with all four branches of the U.S. military from 2004-2009 as a linguist assisting the U.S. military in cultural and familiarization programs at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. He is stunned that he is being targeted by ICE.

“American soldiers have told me that the training I gave them saved their lives. I fear if I am deported my life is at risk,” Al-bumohammed said during a news conference outside an ICE field office in Albuquerque. “I don’t understand how this can be happening.”

Al-bumohammed has more than 15 medals awarded to him during his years as a contractor with the U.S., and he estimates that he has trained tens of thousands of soldiers in his five years.

“As a veteran who was trained by Iraqis, how can our country repay loyal service like this?” said Monique Salhab, an Albuquerque resident who served in Iraq 2005-2006 and again 2008-2009 with the U.S. Army Military Police.

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