Abdul, who worked at U.S. military facility, has a hearing Friday to determine whether he should continue to be detained while he fights for asylum


A diverse group of veterans, clergy, advocates, attorneys, and allies will hold a vigil for Abdul, an Afghan man who received a Special Immigrant Visa for his service to the U.S. forces after he was targeted by anti-American Taliban militants. Abdul, currently detained by ICE while he fights for asylum, has a parole hearing Friday morning. At his hearing, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will decide whether to keep Abdul in jail or whether to temporarily release him while he seeks asylum and asks the government to reissue his visa.


970 Broad Street, Newark, NJ (Outside of the ICE Federal Building)


Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.


Veterans, clergy, attorneys, advocates, and members from New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice. Speakers list TBA.


People holding signs and candles, clergy and advocates calling for Abdul’s release.


Abdul worked at dining facilities for the U.S. military and, as a result, became the target of violent attacks and intimidation by the Taliban. He arrived at Newark-Liberty International Airport on March 13 on a valid visa, sponsored by a retired Army Sergeant, after the U.S. government vetted him more than two years in Afghanistan. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents detained him at the airport for over 28 hours, refused to let his attorneys meet with him, and pressured and misled him into signing a paper that withdrew his request for legal admission to the country.

On March 24, the U.S. government found that Abdul has a credible asylum claim because of his service to our Armed Forces. This ruling protects him from immediate removal, but he now faces the prospect of months in immigration detention while he continues his quest for protection in the United States. Abdul is represented by a team of lawyers and advocates from Seton Hall University School of Law, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), the Law Offices of Jason Scott Camilo, and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.

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