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ICE orders deportation of Quinnipiac freshman’s mother

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ICE orders deportation of Quinnipiac freshman’s mother

From left to right: Salma Mahmud, Samir Mahmud and Anwar Mahmud.

From left to right: Salma Mahmud, Samir Mahmud and Anwar Mahmud.

From left to right: Salma Mahmud, Samir Mahmud and Anwar Mahmud.

From left to right: Salma Mahmud, Samir Mahmud and Anwar Mahmud.

Olivia Schueller

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The Mahmud family (from left to right: Salma, Samir and Anwar).

By: Olivia Schueller 

Samir Mahmud will start his freshman year at Quinnipiac University differently than most students will. His mother, Salma Reza Sikandar, is facing possible deportation back to her home country of Bangladesh.

Salma overstayed her 1999 tourist visa but eventually filed a hardship application to remain in the country because of her son, an American-born citizen, according to NBC Connecticut.

Samir is preparing for his freshman year, but can’t imagine starting the next chapter of life without his mother by his side.

“My parent’s, like many incoming QU freshman, are there [to] support [me],” Samir said. “I wouldn’t imagine my mother not being there for me during my first years of QU.”

Once news of the Mahmud family became public, they were connected with Manchester Mayor, Jay Moran. After the meeting with Moran, the Mahmud’s are hoping to also speak with New Haven Mayor, Toni Harp.

The future first-generation college student is focused on reaching out to anyone within the government to hear his family’s story, as Samir continues to be an untiring advocate for his mother.

While Samir is seeking help from the community with the main goal of his mother receiving a continued stay in the U.S, it’s not his only objective. He’s also trying to get people to understand his families situation.

He wants them to, “look at my parents in the eye/face and hear our story and then look at why they shouldn’t deport her,” Samir said in a Facebook interview with Q30 News.

Salma had a scheduled visit to the Hartford Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) where they told her she had to leave the country she has called home for the past 18 years. Right now, the family remains hopeful that Samir will not have to take on the challenges that come with the freshman year of college without his mother’s presence.

At the moment there are two active cases for Salma to stay in the United States. Robert Wang, the families immigration attorney, said they are now asking the Board of Immigration Appeals to reopen the case. He said ICE has the discretion to let Sikandar stay until the appeal is heard, according to the New Haven Register.

ICE has ordered Salma to return to Bangladesh by August 23, 2018, four days before Samir begins his college career at Quinnipiac University and only a week before his eighteenth birthday.

Today, at 4 P.M. there will be a press conference in front of ICE headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut. Samir and his family will be in attendance.

Q30 News reached out for a statement from the University, in regards to Samir’s family’s situation.

Lynn Bushnell, Vice President for Public Affairs said, “several people on campus, including our vice president for admissions, Greg Eichhorn, have reached out to him to see how we may best assist him and his parents.”

Q30 News will be following this story in the coming weeks.

Updated 8:00 A.M. August 7th, 2018. This article will be updated as new information is released.

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Olivia Schueller is a sophomore journalism major from Monmouth County, New Jersey. She is associate producer of the Q30 Newscast and holds the position...

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