Judge Rules Somali Man Once Detained at N.H. County Jail For Stimulant 'Khat' Can Stay in U.S.

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A federal immigration judge has ruled to defer the deportation of a detainee from Somalia who was convicted years ago of possessing an illegal stimulant. The judge ruled in August that Abdigani Faisal Hussein, of Portland, Maine, would likely be subject to torture in Somalia, so his removal from the country is being deferred under the Convention Against Torture. Hussein's attorney, Ben Wahrer, said last week the ruling means Hussein can remain in the U.S., but the government could seek to enforce his removal if conditions were to improve in Somalia. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained Hussein in March 2018 because of his 2002 prosecution and later conviction for possession of khat, a stimulant popular with Somalis that is illegal in the U.S....

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Judge Rules Somali Man Once Detained at N.H. County Jail For Stimulant 'Khat' Can Stay in U.S.

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