Kadhim Al-bumohammed, 64, who in June was called up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents three months ahead of his annual check-in, was ordered this week to pack a bag and “report for removal” Thursday morning.
What exactly will happen at the meeting isn’t clear, since on Tuesday a Michigan judge, in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, halted all deportations for Iraqis.
For years, Iraq has refused to accept deportees. But in March, Iraq agreed to begin accepting deportees in exchange for being taken off the list of countries on President Trump’s travel ban, triggering an ICE roundup of hundreds of Iraqi immigrants they say have criminal records — including Al-bumohammed.
ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok did not respond to question about Al-bumohammed’s case, including if he would be detained as the Michigan case proceeds.
Al-bumohammed’s attorney, Rebecca Kitson, said she isn’t sure if ICE plans on holding Al-bumohammed, but if its agents do hold him, she fears for his health, as he suffers from several serious medical issues.
Hundreds of Albuquerque supporters showed up for Al-bumohammed’s June meeting, which ICE canceled, giving hope that maybe his deportation case might be reopened and he might be allowed to stay.