Joaquin will be having a habeas hearing in federal court in San Francisco on February 11, 2019 at 9AM. There will be a press conference before the hearing at 8AM.
Joaquin's legal team has filed a habeas petition in federal court. Will we hold a press conference when the hearing is scheduled in San Francisco. We have used a tentative date on this event page and will change it when we hear from the federal court judge. Stay tuned!
— Community Member whom we have been accompanying is at imminent Risk; Need Bay Area-Fresno Solidarity!
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at 9AM-
Accompany Joaquin at his ICE check-in at ICE Fresno Sub Office:
2440 Tulare Street
Fresno, CA 93721
Visit the FB page for more information: https://facebook.com/events/222386288715910/
Joaquin arrived in the United States when he was about 10 years old, when he was brought from Mexico to Los Banos, CA. He became a lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served the United States on board the USS Tarawa and was deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received several medals, including the Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, among others. He believed when he enlisted that service in the military would provide automatic citizenship. In fact, he may have been told by military officials that he was already a U.S. Citizen.
Since being released, Joaquin has focused full time on his rehabilitation. He completed a 6-month in-patient rehabilitation program, continues to attend domestic violence offender classes, and regularly meets with mental health professionals at the VA. His VA social worker has written that he is “among the most remarkable veterans I have worked with, and his resilience, perseverance, and hard work have resulted in him meeting and exceeding his many goals.” Joaquin has also advocating for other immigrants in similar situations as his, speaking in congregations and speaking to public officials.
Last week, Joaquin was told that he must check in with ICE on Thursday, January 31st and there is an extremely high possibility he will be detained. We invite community members and faith leaders to join us as we stand in solidarity with Joaquin. To demonstrate the power of community, we will be organizing a caravan to accompany Joaquin from the Bay Area to Fresno and it will begin with a vigil on Wednesday January 30th.
Again, come and stand with us in a show of support outside of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office on Wednesday, January 30th at 5:30PM, as we hold a vigil to send off a caravan to Fresno in support of Joaquin. On Thursday, January 31st at 8AM, we invite you to accompany Joaquin at his ICE check-in at the ICE Fresno Sub Office.
If you are able to attend either or both actions, please RSVP to [email protected]
and/or [email protected]
and as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly.
For folks that cannot attend either, please consider making a financial contribution to Joaquin's GoFundMe page: https://gofundme.com/us-navy-veteran-in-danger-of-deportation