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Rescue mission cook released from ICE custody

March 06, 2019 11:38 AM

ROCHESTER – Kinimo Ngoran, the Albany City Rescue Mission chef arrested by ICE agents in January, is coming home.

Everyone was elated Tuesday at the Capital City Rescue Mission to hear Ngoran would be released from the center in Batavia where he was being held.

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“It was exciting, it was a good surprise that Kinimo is coming home,” said Capital City Rescue Mission Executive Director Perry Jones.

ICE decided Tuesday that Ngoran can stay in the United States to finish his visa application process so he can become a legal citizen.

“I’d hope to think that they looked and said to themselves this is not somebody that we have to worry about, that he’s valuable to the community,” said Jones.

His lawyers say he will have to wear an ankle monitor, which they say is unnecessary.

Ngoran came to the United States around 10 years ago seeking asylum from the Ivory Coast and has been seeking citizenship since that day.

Many community leaders have rallied around him.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says Ngoran's release comes after 30 letters of support, a resolution from the Albany City Common Council, a proclamation of the Albany County Legislature and a letter from over 30 members of the New York State Assembly.

Capital City Rescue Mission Executive Director Perry Jones says he is thankful for the community's support.

“The homeless loved Kinimo because he cooked well, they loved him, he was always good to them,” said Perry.

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Emily DeVito & WNYT Staff

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