We've got great news!
Thanks in part to your efforts, Constantin's case has been reopened! This means that the case will go back to the judge in Georgia, but Constantin's attorney will be able to represent him this time. Hopefully, before a hearing can be scheduled, his lawyer will be able to consolidate the case with his wife's and children's so that he will have the same court date in September in San Diego.
In the mean time, Constantin is entering month NINETEEN of detention. He is exhausted and despairing, and he wants nothing more than to be at home with his family, who misses him more than words can say.
So we need your help -- please email Atlanta.Outreach@ice.dhs.gov
AND call the following two individuals:
1. ICE Assistant Field Office Director Kristen Sullivan at (404) 893-1203
2. ICE Deportation Officer Michael Morris at (404)-893-1334
Ask them to grant parole to Constantin Bakala, as requested on July 12 by his lawyer, so he can be reunited with his family after 19 months of detention. Almost 98% of asylum applicants with lawyers show up to their immigration hearings, and your call is evidence of the strong community support Constantin has that would help him and his family after he is paroled.
And next week we will send to you contact information for Constantin's ICE officer so that you can also call him or her with the same request -- that Constantin be paroled so he can be reunited with his family while his case winds its way through court.
We are grateful for this good news to date -- we are hopeful for what it means for Constantin's asylum case -- and we are thankful for your support as we continue to stand by his family and proclaim: bring Constantin home!
THANK YOU for your prayers, your calls and letters to Congressmembers, your signatures on our petition (we've passed 1000!), and your financial support of Constantin's family. Thank you to Rep. Vargas, Sen. Harris, and Sen. Feinstein for their backing throughout this process, and for all the support from the San Diego Organizing Project.
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