A Pakistani immigrant who was detained after the 2001
terrorist attacks for taking pictures of an Upstate New York reservoir has
been deported after losing a fight to stay in the country.
Customs and immigration officials Thursday escorted Ansar Mahmood, 27, out
of the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia where he was flown back
The former pizza deliveryman was questioned by police about a month after
the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks after snapping photos of a reservoir in his
adopted hometown of Hudson, N.Y.
No terror-related charges were filed against Mahmood, but investigators
discovered that he co-signed an apartment lease and registered a car for an
area Pakistani couple with expired visas. He was convicted in January 2002
of illegally harboring aliens and later ordered deported to Pakistan.
Last month, Federal officials denied Mahmood’s request to defer a removal
Mahmood’s fight to remain in the United States garnered support from many
of his neighbors who felt he was unfairly targeted because he was from
Pakistan. Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton were
among the congressional members who lent support”¦