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Iraqi immigrant Hameed Khalid Darweesh is embraced after his release.Iraqi immigrant Hameed Khalid Darweesh is embraced after his release. (Reuters)

Hameed Khalid Darweesh became the face of the legal resistance to President Donald Trump’s immigration order this week, with his chaotic release from detention at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday splashed across newspapers and television screens worldwide. But according to his lawyer, Darweesh would have arrived in the country before the president’s order was signed if not for the unintended effects of an act of American generosity,

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“It was luck of the draw, wrong place, wrong time,” said Jonathan Polonsky, senior counsel at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, who represented Darweesh pro bono in applying for a special immigration visa and then in a federal court case challenging his detention.

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