Iraqi facing deportation leaves Albuquerque church sanctuary

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The ACLU says the ruling allows 66-year-old Albuquerque resident to reapply for permanent residence through his U.S. citizen son and wife.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Iraqi man who fled to the U.S. during the Gulf War and trained tens of thousands of American soldiers is no longer seeking sanctuary in an Albuquerque church.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico announced Wednesday that Kadhim Al-bumohammed (kah-DHEEM al-boo-MOH-HAH-med) left the basement of the church after a U.S. Department of Justice immigration appeals panel removed his deportation order.

The ACLU says the ruling allows 66-year-old Albuquerque resident to reapply for permanent residence through his U.S. citizen son and wife.

In July 2017, Al-bumohammed sought sanctuary in an Albuquerque church after defying a federal immigration order to appear for a hearing where he was expected to be detained for deportation. Officials say the deportation order stemmed from a domestic-violence conviction in California.

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