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Help Free Jay Smith from Immigration Detention!

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Hi everyone, I am a close friend of Jay, and I am reaching out for help on his behalf. As some people have seen or heard, Jay Smith, known from the TLC show 90 day Fiancé, is currently being detained in York County Prison on immigration detention and is facing potential deportation. Jay turned himself into authorities Tuesday night with the understanding and intent that he was to see a judge the next morning and be released after the incident regarding a social media post. The judge did release Jay regarding the social media incident and dropped the charge, however instead of being released and able to leave as a free man the way a US Citizen would, he was immediately turned over to immigration enforcement and is being held in a jail cell as if he is a convicted criminal. Jay is sitting in jail, awaiting a hearing on wether he will be deported or be allowed to make a life for himself here in the U.S... however the way our system works with immigrants is different than how they treat citizens.They will hold him for a month or months, there’s no really telling how long, before even giving him the right to see a judge. The only way for him to sooner see a judge and pretty much have basic human rights is with a good attorney. Also the only way for Jay to avoid deportation from the U.S. is with a good attorney. Jay fears for his life if he is returned to Jamaica.. he is now seen as a traitor who has turned his back on his people and they will assume he has money since he was in America and on an American TV show so that keeps him at a continuously high threat for his safety if he is returned home. Jay has not received his share of the money for being exploited on this tv show and we are asking help to obtain him a lawyer.Jay arrived here in America as a 20 year old with a positive outlook, but he has landed in a severely difficult and unjust situation. This young man has been exploited on national television and as any real person knows tv is always far from the actual truth.The sad truth, the shocking truth is not what people are seeing. However, most importantly here, there is an innocent man being held for who knows how long. The disgusting part is how long the system will hold an immigrant before giving them the opportunity to appear in front of a judge. Innocent people sit for 3 months sometimes until they are given the chance to plead for their freedom. I do not want this for my friend. I have visited him and he is his upbeat and positive self as much as he can be right now but he needs our help. Isolation like this strips a person of basic human rights and a makes a person go insane, he is innocent and he’s doing the best he can. Help this innocent, sweet, happy man fight for his freedom!


Kayla OBrien
Dallastown, PA

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