SEATTLE (AP) — A Central Washington University student is in the middle of immigration legal limbo.
Al Okere’s father was killed when he was a baby. A few years later, his mother fled to the United States with him but her asylum request was denied and she was deported when Okere was in high school.
Now U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials asked Okere to renew his Nigerian passport, worrying Okere and his attorney that they are clearing the way for his return to the country of his birth, a land he doesn’t remember.
He is now campaigning to stay, gathering thousands of signatures.
Attorney Andrew Chan says they want to show ICE that he’s not a person they want to deport.
ICE officials say they are reviewing his case.