Clem is hardly alone in this fight. Thankfully the press is increasingly raising questions and sharing important stories. Read more about how the U.S. immigration detention system is arbitrary and cruel. Follow the disturbing cases of detainee deaths.
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When we last left prisoner #84381 in December 2008, he had just been released after six weeks in Monmouth County Correctional Institution. As you may know, he was there compliments of Homeland Security after having his passport and green card confiscated when he returned home from a trip abroad.
Even though he was released and many people thought that was the end of the problem, we discovered it was only the beginning of our legal struggles. We’ve been to court twice and have to appear two more times. The final appearance will be on May 13, before the same Homeland Security judge who originally denied Clem bail and sent him back to prison in November. This whole fiasco has forced us to engage the services of three different lawyers. As you can imagine, the legal costs of fighting this battle have been extreme. In addition to Clem’s case, we’ve been helping his two former cellmates, who continue to languish in jail at this time for similar minor offenses.
If you want either an update or the history of Clem’s situation, please visit his website: www.freeclem.com, where there is an opportunity to donate to his legal defense fund if you so choose.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed that this nightmare, which began in July 2008, will finally come to an end and that Clem will be allowed to become a U.S. citizen, free from the threat of deportation.
Robin, Mackenzie, Jordy, and Jake