Illegal immigrant facing deportation has new hope of becoming American citizen

Hampshire County

An illegal immigrant facing deportation now has new hope of becoming an American citizen. 

Fifty-eight-year-old Niberd Abdalla has been in the United States for more than 40-years but never became a citizen. 

This week, the Board of Immigration Appeals agreed to reopen his case.

It’s been a long road for Iraqi immigrant Niberd Abdalla. After nearly 8-months in an immigration detention center and months of filing appeals, the Board of Immigration Appeals has granted Niberd a motion to reopen his case. 

“As a Kurdish Iraqi, if he goes back to Iraq, he’s facing dire consequences, including violations of the conventions against torture, which the U.S. is against and death,” said Attorney Buz Eisenberg.

Niberd was arrested by ICE, after a routine check in with federal immigration, last June. He was held for nearly eight months.

Niberd Abdalla is being represented by the ACLU Immigration Protection Project.”

They hope to get his removal order canceled, so he becomes a legal permanent resident and applies for citizenship.

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