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kandace posted a topic in National/World NewsA Kansas professor and father of three who has lived in the United States for three decades was detained by immigration agents and now faces deportation. Syed Ahmed Jamal, who is from Bangladesh, was about to take his daughter to school on Jan. 24 when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials showed up on his front lawn in Lawrence, a suburb of Kansas City, and arrested him, said his brother, Syed Hussain Jamal. "It wasn't expected. He never expected to have ICE there," said the brother, who lives in Phoenix. When Jamal's stunned wife tried to hug her husband goodbye, ICE agents stopped her, telling her "that they would arrest her for interference" if she didn't let them take him immediately, the brother, Syed Hussain Jamal, said. Jamal, 55, is a chemistry instructor who entered the U.S. lawfully on an international student visa in the 1980s, according to a lawyer for the family, Jeffrey Y. Bennett. He has three kids — ages 7, 12, and 14 — all of whom are U.S. citizens, and he has no record, other than a couple speeding tickets that have long been resolved, Bennett said. The arrest is "very traumatizing for the whole family," Bennett said. Jamal has a "long history" of attempting to get a path to U.S. citizenship, Bennett added. Throughout the years, he had a handful of student visas while pursuing graduate degrees in science and engineering, and then a H-1B visa for highly skilled workers; at the time of his detainment, he had overstayed a voluntary departure notice, but had been granted permission to stay in the U.S. under supervision. The family was aware that there was a slight risk that Jamal, who had been given prosecutorial discretion to indefinitely stay in the U.S. under a policy formalized by then-President Barack Obama, could face deportation. But they never expected it would happen to Jamal, a beloved community member who was involved in his children's school board and was a respected professor of the sciences, the attorney and his brother said.