Capital City Rescue Mission chef detained by ICE granted temporary stay in U.S.

February 01, 2019 07:44 PM

The work week is ending with a bit of hope for the chef at the Capital City Rescue Mission.

Kinimo Ngoran was detained by immigration officials last week. He was granted a stay by a judge on Friday.


NewsChannel 13 has been investigating the case of Ngoran since last weekend. He was taken into custody during a routine visit to ICE.

This means until Monday at the very least, Ngoran will remain in the United States in jail in Batavia.

The ruling says ICE can't deport him to back to the Ivory Coast where he was born until after hearing arguments from his legal team on Monday.

It was a packed house at the Capital City Rescue Mission earlier in the day on Friday as elected officials came out to show their support for Ngoran, demanding his return home to Albany.

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For the last decade, Ngoran has been a beloved chef at the Capital City Rescue Mission while also working with ICE to gain permanent status after seeking asylum from the Ivory Coast. That all changed last week when he was detained by ICE during a scheduled visit.

His wife, a local woman, Lisa Pepper Ngoran, says more than anything she wants to have her husband return home.

Pepper Ngoran met with Citizen and Immigration Services on Thursday to move forward with establishing residency here. They were approved for a visa petition.

The legal team representing Ngoran says the temporary stay provides hope for arguments to be heard on Monday.


Brooke Selby

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