Friday, March 9, 2018

Augsburg University English professor braces for possible deportation to Kenya

From the Star Tribune: 

The president of Augsburg University on Thursday joined supporters who fear that a professor is being targeted for imminent deportation despite his many years as a higher-education instructor and crime-free life in the United States.

Kenya native Mzenga Aggrey Wanyama and his wife, Mary, have been ordered to meet Friday in the Twin Cities with officials of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to review their case and discuss “plans for removal” from the United States, fellow Augsburg Prof. Sarah Combellick-Bidney said.

For years, ICE has required Wanyama, 60, to comply with “stringent guidelines including regular visits to the ICE headquarters in St. Paul every one to three months,” said Combellick-Bidney, who teaches law and other topics at Augsburg. “Dr. Wanyama has not missed a single visit. But this most recent demand comes outside of that schedule and signals a shift in priority of his case, putting him at risk for detention and deportation.”

A spokesman in the Twin Cities declined to comment or reveal any specifics about ICE’s handling of this case.

Here is a link to the statement of support from the president of Augsburg.

Supporters will gather  at St. Paul ICE headquarters located at 1 Federal Dr #1640, St Paul, MN 55111 at 12 PM this Friday, March 9th to show support for Dr. Wanyama and his family.

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