April 9, 2021
On March 10, Jose Robles was released from immigration detention! Jose had been detained in the Northwest Detention Center for 20 months, since July 2019. A recent directive from the Biden administration provided a new pathway to seek his release.
Many of you have followed Jose's story over the last three years, starting with him seeking sanctuary at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in June 2018. Having lived in the United States since 2000, this father of three daughters has deep ties in the Lakewood community. You can “meet Jose” through an online video produced while he was still in sanctuary.
Jose's U-Visa remains pending with USCIS, with no word on when it will be adjudicated. We are grateful that, while monitored by ICE as this process unfolds, Jose’s Stay of Removal from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals helps him stay safely at home.
After three years unemployed, and with his work authorization expired, it is challenging for Jose to return to his familiar place as primary earner in the family. Renewal of his work authorization will take 150 days or longer. And, as with so many, the economic impact of covid-19 is more intensely felt among immigrants who do not receive stimulus checks or unemployment benefits. In this time, Jose and family would benefit from the larger community encircling them to help with rent, other basic living expenses, and some home repairs and other expenses that have been backlogged. Please consider giving, as you are able. Tax-deductible contributions may be made through Gethsemane Lutheran Church (choose Immigration & note Jose in the memo). Or, send a check to Gethsemane Lutheran Church with Jose noted in the memo. Gifts also may be made through the GoFundMe “Jose Robles Support Fund.”
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