Judge Temporarily Halts Deportation of Minneapolis City Worker

December 06, 2017 08:19 PM

A federal judge Wednesday temporarily halted the deportation of a City of Minneapolis employee.

Yonis Ali was 24 hours away from being deported, reportedly for lying on his application to enter the U.S. His was one of five deportation cases involving Somali men.

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The men are being held at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Louisiana, their last scheduled stop before an ICE flight takes them to Somalia.

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Ali's lawyer asked the judge to stop the deportation so he could continue going through the process to gain legal status.

Ali came to the U.S. 22 years ago. A judge denied his asylum application in 2014, and his family said he's reported to ICE agents since then as he worked to gain legal status.

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He's worked as a sidewalk inspector for the City of Minneapolis since 2014. His supervisor wrote a letter saying he was an employee in good standing.
 

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