Ralph Isenberg DREAMs of a Day When Deported Saad Nabeel Can Return to Frisco
His friends here are trying to bring him back to North Texas -- there are, of course, the requisite petitions and Facebook pages. But this morning, Campus Progress checks in with Nabeel and writes about his last, best hope for returning to the U.S.: Senators Orin Hatch and Richard Durbin's DREAM Act, which would offer the children of illegal immigrants a way to citizenship. Former Dallas City Plan Commissioner-turned-immigration activist Ralph Isenberg has asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to amend the act, allowing students who've been deported the opportunity to return to the U.S. Says Isenberg, "There are not hundreds but thousands of these cases going on across the United States." In the meantime, Nabeel waits. And, writes Kristi Eaton, he's scared:
Saad Nabeel is afraid to leave his apartment. He lives in a small apartment with his parents in Dhaka, Bangladesh. But Nabeel doesn't know anything about Bangladesh. He doesn't speak Bengali, the country's official language, or understand Dhaka's local culture. Even its laws are a mystery to him. Because Nabeel looks and acts American, he feels that if he were to go out alone he could be kidnapped for ransom, something that happens fairly often in Bangladesh.