Sudanese immigrant granted review of residency request

Pressure from Kentucky’s congressional delegation has convinced immigration authorities to take another look at Lino Nakwa’s residency request, preventing for now any deportation proceedings.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services officials had told Nakwa, a Sudanese “lost boy,” they were denying his application for a green card because of his association with a “terrorist organization.”

Nakwa had been forced to join the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army when he was 12. He escaped, and was granted political refugee status in the US in 2003. He settled in Louisville, where he raised his four brothers and attended Jefferson Community College. Nakwa is now on the dean’s list at Transylvania University.

Check the details at the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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