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ICE Orders Iraqi Refugee In ABQ To Report For Deportation

Marisa Demarco / KUNM
An ally comforts Courtney Albumohammed during a news conference about her dad's deportation. "I don't know what's going to happen in two days," Courtney said.

About 1,400 Iraqis could be deported from the U.S. under President Trump’s new policies. A federal judge temporarily halted their deportation through Monday, July 24, but a man who lives in Albuquerque has been ordered to report this week for removal from the U.S.—it could be dangerous for him. 

Kadhim Albumohammed’s lived here for more than 20 years and worked as a contractor for the U.S. government for five, training U.S. soldiers. His lawyer said that work for the military puts him in serious jeopardy if he’s returned to Iraq.

Courtney Albumohammed is Kadhim’s 17-year-old daughter. She checked the mail a few days ago and found a letter ordering her father to report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Thursday, July 13. She spoke at a news conference about the toll it’s taking on her.

"I don’t know. I try to spend every minute with him but like, it’s hard, because I don’t want these to be the last minutes, and I don’t want to be sad or cry," she said. "Because I cry a lot now. It’s just hard."

Albumohammed's been allowed to stay here as long as he checks in with ICE regularly even though he had a deportation order. 

We reached out to ICE for comment but haven’t heard back yet. 

Marisa Demarco began a career in radio at KUNM News in late 2013 and covered public health for much of her time at the station. During the pandemic, she is also the executive producer for Your NM Government and No More Normal, shows focused on the varied impacts of COVID-19 and community response, as well as racial and social justice. She joined Source New Mexico as editor-in-chief in 2021.
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