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QUEENS TEEN CAN STAY IN U.S., CONGRESSMAN SAYS

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    QUEENS TEEN CAN STAY IN U.S., CONGRESSMAN SAYS Associated Press, 4/30/03 NEW YORK - A Queens teenager who faced deportation after he reported to immigration
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      QUEENS TEEN CAN STAY IN U.S., CONGRESSMAN SAYS
      Associated Press, 4/30/03

      NEW YORK - A Queens teenager who faced deportation after he reported
      to immigration officials under new registration laws will be allowed
      to stay in the country, according to a local lawmaker.

      Mohammad Safaraz Hussain, 18, a high school basketball player born in
      Pakistan and raised in Queens, has been granted an exemption on
      humanitarian grounds, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman said Tuesday.

      Hussain came to the U.S. when he was 7 years old to visit his mother,
      who was being treated for cancer. His mother died a year later, and
      his father died in Pakistan in 2000. Hussain, a junior at Jamaica
      High School, was raised by his uncle in Queens.

      After new laws required male non-citizens over the age of 16 from
      Arab and Muslim countries to register, Hussain reported to
      immigration officials and was told he was in the country illegally
      and faced deportation.

      But after students circulated petitions and Hussain's basketball
      coach and Ackerman lobbied on his behalf, it appeared officials were
      willing to make an exception...





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