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UPDATE: Syed Jamal's attorney requests change of venue in case

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Syed Ahmed Jamal, 55, a native of Bangladesh who has lived in the U.S. for more than 30 years, was arrested Jan. 24 in the front yard of his home in Lawrence as he walked his children to school. (Submitted) Syed Ahmed Jamal, 55, a native of Bangladesh who has lived in the U.S. for more than 30 years, was arrested Jan. 24 in the front yard of his home in Lawrence as he walked his children to school. (Submitted)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

UPDATE 7:31 p.m. - Rekha Sharma-Crawford said a motion to change venue has been filed in this case. 

The motion asks the court to either send the federal habeas case to Hawaii or order the Department of Homeland Security to return Syed Jamal back to Missouri. 

According to Sharma-Crawford, there's an effort to bring Syed back to Kansas City, but the timing remains unclear. 

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An attorney for a chemistry instructor who is fighting deportation to Bangladesh says her office is considering all possible options to get him released from a Hawaii detention center and home to his wife and children in Kansas.

Rekha Sharma-Crawford said Tuesday that immigration officials could voluntarily return Syed Ahmed Jamal to the mainland U.S., but if they don't, her firm will ask a federal judge to order his return.

Jamal was detained in Hawaii after being removed from a plane late Monday that was flying him back to Bangladesh. Sharma-Crawford says he was put on the plane early Monday without his attorneys' knowledge before a federal immigration panel issued a second stay.

Jamal, whose wife and three children are U.S. citizens, has lived in Kansas for 30 years. His supporters have been fighting deportation since he was arrested at his Lawrence home on Jan. 24.

Immigration attorneys say they are glad people are finally asking why paperwork is not straight. They hope it evolves into a discussion as to why is it so hard to do that.

Sharma-Crawford wants others to know the path to citizenship is rough.

"Until you stood in their shoes, don't judge them. Chances are you don't understand what is all involved in the system," she said.

Sharma-Crawford sees immigration as a hot-button political issue where people have personal viewpoints. She has perspective about how things really work.

"It is complicated. It is dysfunctional. It is archine in places," she said. "Everyone understands this is a problem that needs to be solved. Now, we are trying to solve it in a crisis."

Jamal's crisis didn't happen overnight. Sharma-Crawford says building a case for is citizenship like running through hot lava. Jamal thought he had a clear path and then things change.

"He's got a lava gap created by the government where they approved something ... whoops, we got that wrong," Sharma-Crawford said.

While Jamal has been granted a stay, he's just one person fighting to stay in a country where the path to citizenship isn't an easy one.

"Why didn't they do something? That dialogue should occur. But, wow, this is more complicated that we knew," Sharma-Crawford said.

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