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Rezai Karim was worried about being deported—until he was attacked with a butcher’s knife. It may help him legally stay in the U.S.
SAVED BY THE BLADE: In August, Rezai Karim was attacked by a man with a knife. But the assault may make him eligible for a long-term visa and prevent him from being deported.

ON A CLOUDY evening in August, Rezai Karim and his girlfriend were swimming in the pool outside of their new home in Roanoke, Virginia, when it started to rain. They headed inside, still damp, and made their way upstairs to their third-floor apartment. As they opened their front door, a man appeared behind them and forced his way inside. “Allahu Akbar!” he shouted, then slashed them with a butcher’s knife. “The next thing I remember,” Karim says, “is that I’m on the floor.”

The now-34-year-old software engineer managed to stand up and wrestle the attacker off his girlfriend, and the couple bolted downstairs and out into the rain. The assailant followed, but then sprinted away into the night. “I was screaming, ‘Somebody stop him!’” Karim says.

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