The most tangible way we can show our support for immigrant rights here in Ithaca is supporting the individuals who are targeted. Will you contribute today to help our friend in need?
Our friend Somkiat Wandee was arrested by I.C.E. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) on Jan. 9th in Ithaca, NY, on the charge of overstaying his visa. He was released on bond ($7,500) on Feb. 6 from the Batavia Federal Detention Center.
Upon his release, Somkiat stated, “I was so lost when I got into the detention center; I didn’t know what to do. Now I am rejoiced to be released, with the support I have received. I’m grateful for the support of TCIRC (Tompkins Co. Immigrant Rights Coalition). I feel warm now to know that there is a group of people caring for immigrants like me. Thank you.”
Now he needs our support for legal fees for the asylum application process, which runs around $6000.
It would be safer for Somkiat to remain in the United States than to return to his home country. He has been in Ithaca for eight years, and built a life here with friends. He also hopes that with your support and the lawyer’s help, he can be receive a temporary working permit so he can subsist during the time of his legal process.
Please donate however much you can, big or small; anything helps!