A chemistry professor living in Kansas who faced imminent deportation to Bangladesh has been ordered by a federal judge to be immediately released from jail.
A hearing regarding the detainment of 55-year-old Syed Jamal took place Tuesday.
The judge ordered that Jamal be released from custody while the legal battle continues.
Jamal teaches at Park University in Missouri. He was arrested Jan. 24 at his home in Lawrence, Kansas.
Jamal entered the U.S. legally in 1987 to attend the University of Kansas but twice overstayed his visa. He was ordered deported in 2011 but had been allowed to stay in the U.S. and check in regularly with immigration authorities.
Since his visa expired, he has been allowed to stay in the U.S. and report regularly to immigration authorities. He and his Bangladeshi wife have three children who are American citizens.
U.S. immigration officials put Jamal on a plane bound for his native country last month before an immigration panel granted a temporary stay in the case.
Jamal’s arrest caused a public outcry.