A sense of fear and uncertainty looms over Riaz Talukder as he waits anxiously for the next Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) check-in on November 20, which will determine whether he will stay or get deported from the United States, according to a report by socialistworker.org.
Riaz Talukder, a 49 year old Bangladeshi immigrant, came to the US at the age of 13.
He has two children, the eldest being a 15-year-old boy and the youngest being only 11. Things only get worse for him as his wife is currently undergoing treatment for thyroid cancer.
Riaz came to this country at a young age but he built everything from scratch and made a living here for him and his family.
In 1990, Riaz became eligible for the CSS late Amnesty program. The Amnesty program provided opportunity for immigrants who came to the US prior to 1982 to gain lawful permanent residence.
Riaz had been travelling back and forth to Bangladesh. Because of a political threat from here, he filed for an asylum in the US. By then the immigration laws and policies had changed and in 1999, a deportation order was issued against him in absentia.
On the eve of August 18, 2010, Immigration and Custom Enforcement raided his house and took him away from his family.
After several months of waiting, he was released from detention with the order that he will have to check in regularly with ICE to determine whether he will stay in the US or whether he will be torn apart from his family and loved ones.
According to the report by socialistworker.org, Riaz had to check in every year during the Obama administration. But since Trump's election, it's been every one to three months.
The ICE practically narrowed down any possibility for him to stay as they denied his petition for stay on humanitarian grounds and only gave him one month time to showcase his legal documents and passport or otherwise leave the country with a one-way ticket to Bangladesh.
Several immigrant rights organisations organised a public forum on October 18 to raise awareness about the fear coursing through immigrant communities.
The forum showcased the stories of the wives of the deported men and the crucial story of Riaz and his family.
Members of two communities, Jackson Heights Immigrant Solidarity Network, and New Sanctuary Coalition, came up to show their support for Riaz as he went for his ICE check-in on Thursday, October 19.
Previously, 11 Bangladeshi immigrants were forcefully sent back from a deportation centre in Arizona state on October 11.