by Debbie Coleman-Topi
A Kansas City area man whose immigration story captured international headlines this year, says the America that first welcomed him on a student visa here in the 1980s, is not the same as the one that led him to be locked in jail for months and nearly deported.
In a talk last Tuesday at Park University in Parkville where he briefly taught, Sayed Jamal recounted his lengthy immigration story.
Jamal, 55, admittedly and unknowingly, committed a few mis-steps in the complicated legal immigration system that led to his jeopardized status in this country, he explained to an audience of about 250 people, which included Park University students, faculty, staff and community members. For more on story.