Students and faculty members at Augsburg U rallying around professor facing deportation

Mzenga Wanyama, an associate professor of English at Augsburg University, has a month to make plans to return to his native Kenya or face deportation, immigration officials in St. Paul said Friday.

Fearing that Wanyama might be detained during his Friday appointment at the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters, dozens of student and faculty supporters rallied outside, holding signs saying, “Please Don’t Deport Our Professor.”

Cheering when Wanyama emerged from the building, some vowed to keep raising awareness about his pending deportation — one of several to involve longtime faculty members in recent weeks.

Wanyama, who came to the U.S. in 1992 to attend graduate school — first at Howard University and then the University of Minnesota Twin Cities — has checked in…

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