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Community-wide effort helped get chef detained by ICE back home

March 06, 2019 06:25 PM

It took a village to get Capital City Rescue Mission Chef Kinimo Ngoran home from ICE custody.

From his legal team to the support of the community, he had a lot of people in his corner throughout this ordeal. That includes dozens of letters of support.

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You might recall Sheriff Craig Apple even tweeted President Trump, asking him to allow Ngoran to return home. 

There really have been so many people rallying behind Ngoran since he was detained in January. Now, we can say their efforts have paid off.

As Ngoran returned to the Capital City Rescue Mission on Wednesday afternoon, he was joined by his extensive legal team. He has a team of six lawyers who specialize in immigration cases. They also had assistance from eight Albany Law School students.

Their argument and the arguments made in letters from legislators and community leaders --  even though he came here illegally, he has proven he is a valuable addition to the Albany society. He was going through the proper channels to get a visa, he married a U.S. citizen and was in constant contact with immigration officials.

At the time Ngoran was detained, he was in the process of getting a marriage visa and working towards permanent residency and eventually citizenship.

Hear more about the steps Ngoran's attorneys took to help get him home, by watching the video of Jacquie Slater's story.

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