Please continue to write letters of support, sign petitions, or fundraise for those facing deportation who are currently detained or at risk of re-detainment. Each individual and their families have chosen to go public with their stories below. Contact information is at the end of each story.
1) Raul Lopez
“My husband Raul Lopez is from Guatemala and has been in the US since 1989. He is a loving husband and a wonderful father to four children, two of whom I am the mother of, Denis and Alexa Lopez. Raul works very hard to provide for his family and he is very driven to always do better. Unfortunately, Raul has now been sitting in detention at West County Detention Center since March 22nd, 2017 and our family is desperate to be reunited with him. While his case is being appealed at the 9th Circuit Court, on June 21, 2018 Raul got transferred to another detention center without notice to our family or his lawyer. We need to bring him home because we need our family complete again. I have been doing all that is at my reach to provide for my family, but I am at my wits end and need Raul back, so we can fight together.” – Dianeth, wife of Raul
October Update – We received news from Raul’s attorney, that an Immigration Judge has denied Raul a bond hearing, so Raul’s attorney will be moving Raul’s case to a Habeas hearing at the 9th circuit court.
2) Alexey Kharis:
On August 2017, Alexey Kharis went to DHS in San Francisco hoping for a favorable verdict on his appeal for political asylum. Instead, he was arrested and thrown into the West County Detention Facility. Like many entrepreneurs in the Bay Area, 43-year-old Alexey Kharis had big dreams for a startup business venture. Unlike his entrepreneurial peers, however, Kharis is a political refugee from Russia. In 2014, together with his wife, Anna, and two children, Kharis fled to the U.S. on a valid visa. Kharis was determined to start a new life in the U.S. – he petitioned for political asylum in 2016, and fall 2017 he was about to start his program at the Stanford Business School. However, after being denied asylum at his court hearing, Alexey was immediately detained and denied bond as well. For over 10 months now, Alexey’s wife, Anna has had to work full time, raising her two children, ages 7 and 8, on her own. She can’t bear to tell the kids that Alexey is in detention: “We didn’t tell our kids that he was in jail. We said he went on a business trip. And he calls every night to tell them that everything is ok.”
Donate to Alexey: www.gofundme.com/free-alexey. This month, Anna received an invoice of $40,000 in attorney fees. Although Anna is starting a new job, donate to help their family recover these fees.
3) Misael Quezada Flores:
Misael is a loving father and husband who has lived in the U.S. for over 20 years. He was one of the community members transferred to Colorado after the end of the ICE contract at West County Detention Facility. His wife, Fatima, is 7 months pregnant and has suffered physical stress because of Misael’s detention and her doctor has told her that because of the high risk pregnancy, she will have to be induced in the next couple of weeks. Fatima asks for community presence at this important hearing.
4) Letters of Support for PJ, Danny, and Joaquin
PJ, Danny, and Joaquin are volunteers with IM4HI who have lead us toward a more visionary practice of sanctuary where we support immigrant community members with former convictions. Each community member are at risk of re-detainment and deportation and are collecting letters of support.
Photos: Joaquin and his children; Danny and PJ