Transy Students Rally To Keep Fellow Student From Deportation

Hundreds of students gathered on the campus of Transylvania University on Thursday, in an effort to keep one of their own in the country.

Lino Nakwa, now a student at Transy, was twelve years old when he was kidnapped, tortured, and watched his father get murdered by a rebel group in the Sudan. He escaped to the U.S.

Now, the government is denying his request for a green card because officials claim he received "military-type training."

So, fellow students held a phone-a-thon on Thursday, hoping to get the attention of Kentucky representatives in Congress.

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  • by Rick on Apr 20, 2008 at 11:55 AM
    I don't care who is 1/8th. whatever or who drinks rubbing alcohol in a tee pee, I do care about our national security.
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Apr 18, 2008 at 10:41 PM
    @RALPH Location: PIKEVILLE So tell me what native american tribes are both your parents from? Cause if your a racists white male you need to go back to europe. Im 1/8th native so I have a little more say than anyone with less or no native blood is your arguement so listen to me and leave. ;)
  • by Michael Location: Lexington on Apr 18, 2008 at 12:12 PM
    He did apply for his green card (citizenship). The same criteria that Homeland Security used to grant him refugee status they are now using to deny him a green card. Imagine you were kidnapped and managed to escape and made your way to the police station. Imagine that after offering you assistance, the police then determined that because you associated with the kidnappers (you ate their food while being held captive) that you were just as guilty as the kidnappers and should go to jail. That is basically what is happening to Lino, except if he is deported, he won't go to jail. He'll be sent to the Sudan where he will likely be executed. While in America, he has worked, paid taxes, and attended school, earning scholarships he was perfectly eligible for based upon his intelligence. Not the kind of person we should turn our backs on. He is not looking for handouts, he is looking to save his life.
  • by Pamela on Apr 18, 2008 at 07:24 AM
    Why doesnt he apply for citizenship. Is that the same as a green Card. I think they should let him on the condition he apply for citizenship and pay taxes and stuff like the rest of us. I hope tax payer money is not sending him to school. That isnt right.
  • by Michael Location: Lexington on Apr 18, 2008 at 06:58 AM
    Lino is in this country LEGALLY! He was given refugee status by the US Government. This same government is now saying that because he associated with a terrorist organization in Sudan (and by associate - he was kidnapped and tortured) he must now be sent back to the Sudanese government, which means he will likely be executed. Lino is a bright, kind young man, someone who is a victim of terror and someone this country should welcome with open arms! He attended college on scholarship because of how smart he is. He deserves our support.
  • by RALPH Location: PIKEVILLE on Apr 17, 2008 at 02:47 PM


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