Please help Cristobal win his asylum case! He has lived in the United States for nearly 25 years without any interactions with law enforcement. Despite how long he has been here, he will once again be persecuted and his life will be in danger if he is deported. He needs your help to get out of the Adelanto Detention Facility so he can return home to Phoenix, AZ, where his lawyer can help him appeal his asylum case.
A year ago, Cristobal had everything going for him: he was about to marry his soulmate, he enjoyed going to work at a job he had held for almost 20 years, and he was blessed with many friends. Then, a minor traffic infraction led to his detention by ICE.
When he applied for asylum in Arizona, he was optimistic because he had a very good case and a strong lawyer by his side. But then he was transferred to California, where his lawyer could no longer represent him and where physical distance virtually cut him off from family and friends. The stress of what was happening to Cristobal was too much for his fiancée to handle. No one knew she had heart problems until she suddenly passed away. Cristobal was emotionally devastated.
Since his transfer, Cristobal has been representing himself in immigration proceedings. Unfortunately (but unsurpisingly given the rate of success for self-represented individuls), his asylum request was denied and he is nw appealing the decision. If he posts a $10,000 bond or uses the services of a bail-bonds company to post that amount, he can be freed from detention and return home to Arizona to work with his lawyer and win his case.
Cristobal’s savings are gone and the only way he can post bond is with help from community members. The date of his next court hearing has not yet been set; but the sooner he can work with a lawyer, the better. If Cristobal uses the services of a bail-bonds company, it will cost about $3,000 up-front and $420 per month for rental of their GPS tracking device. Cristobal has a place to live in Phoenix and it is anticipated that he would get a work permit three months after he is released.
Cristobal has the personal qualities we all value in a neighbor, co-worker and friend. In a letter to the judge, his former supervisor praised Cristobal’s integrity, accountability, strong work ethic, loyalty and excellent people and teamwork skills. A man who was detained with him says that Cristobal could always be counted on when the chips were down. Volunteers who visit immigrants in detention say that Cristobal guided them to people who were in special need of moral support and advocacy; Cristobal’s efforts led to the reunification of two families who were separated at the border and the release of two men who had heart attacks while in detention.
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Freedom for Immigrants is a national 501(c)3 devoted to ending immigrant detention while ending the isolation of people currently suffering in a profit driven system. All donations to Cristobal’s bond are tax-deductible.
Image: The Adelanto Detention Facility in California. John Moore/Getty Images