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deportation help needed – walking while brown

I got the following message from a friend… sadly, I personally am completely out of my league on this but I’m hoping someone else will have some resources or referrals that would be of  use.

A friend of a friend of mine has been picked up by ICE. My friend is trying to advocate for him but neither of us knows how. You were the first people I thought of. Can you help us navigate the process? He’s an honest, hardworking man who has been working for her (landscape work under the table) for years. He has a wife, child, sister and niece here in the USA. The niece is a citizen, the child may be (unsure), everyone else is undocumented. As far as I know, the story goes that he went to a Walgreens the other day and got stopped while walking in the parking lot by an officer who asked for his driver’s license. Of course he didn’t have one, so the officer took him into custody. He is now at the 3rd St & Thomas ICE location. I believe the deportation process has started, but I’m not sure. Any advice on what we can do on his behalf? TIA
Please message me directly if you are able or know someone who can help.
  1. August 14, 2010 at 3:56 AM

    An immigration attorney and advocate will be able to help your friend assess the situation. I recommend going through AILA, to avoid rakete and exploitation.

    AILA – the American Immigration Lawyers Association — has many pro bono programs underway. To get help for your friend, you can go through their lawyer search online: http://www.ailalawyer.com/ “Find an Immigration Lawyer”.

    Because your friend is in Chicago, IRR – the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights — may be able to point you towards helpful resources and aid in sorting out where your friend is in the process. http://icirr.org/

    Best wishes in assisting your friend!

    • August 14, 2010 at 10:59 AM

      Thanks Naomi! We’re actually all here in AZ but the link for the pro bono programs will be helpful, I’m sure!

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