Western Mass. Resident Facing Deportation To Iraq Is Freed From ICE Detention

Jan 25, 2018

Niberd Abdalla's wife Ellen McShane spoke last summer at a rally in Northampton to protest his arrest by immigration authorities.
Credit WAMC

        A western Massachusetts man jailed by federal immigration authorities since last June is being freed today. 


         An immigration judge in Boston Wednesday ordered that Niberd Abdalla be freed with no conditions while he fights against deportation to Iraq. 

      Abdalla, who came to the United States undocumented more than 40 years ago, had been living in Northampton before his arrest in June. 

      His attorney Buz Eisenberg said Abdalla deserves legal resident status.

      " Because he has been in this country for 41 years since he was 16 years of age, he has no criminal record, he is married to a United States citizens," Eisenberg said.

            Abdalla’s wife, Ellen McShane, said she is grateful to the ACLU, and to the thousands of people in western Massachusetts who have rallied and signed petitions on her husband’s behalf.