Free Jesus from ICE

Jesus Aquino is just as American as the rest of us.  He, and his family, chased the dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  When he was a baby boy, his family fled Mexico for a better life.  He was just a baby when he came here, but for the last thirty years, he's called America, in particular New York, his home. 

In this uncertain, tumultuous time in America, many people, just like Jesus, find themselves as enemies of their homeland. A place that was once a sacred land has been desecrated by those that wish to whitewash our country, masquerading their crimes as justice.

But the only justice that I want to see is Jesus, and other nationalized immigrants, freed from the clutches of ICE.  During a regularly scheduled court visit, Jesus was picked up by ICE and is now sitting in a holding cell awaiting his trial.  If found guilty, he runs the risk of being deported back to Mexico- a place that is just as foreign to him, as it is foreign to us.

His whole family, all of his friends, his connections... his life... are tied to New York.  If deported, he will be alone, scared, and destitute on the streets, and I can not allow that to happen to one of the nicest, kind-hearted individuals that I have ever had a chance to know. 

The only reason he is even illegal is because he sought to serve his country.  Approximately a decade ago, everyone in his family followed national protocol and become legitimized citizens.  Well, everyone in his family, except for him. 

He dreamed of serving in the US Military, but his mother did not approve- she could not let her son face the frontlines, so she did not register him as a citizen along with the rest of the family.  This was meant to protect him from fighting in a war- which it did.  But it also leaves him in this legal battle, prosecuted by the same country that he sought to serve.

Jesus is a true American.  He went to our schools.  He wanted to serve his country. He has pledged allegiance to all we hold dear.  His name, symbolic of the biblical Jesus, echoes thousands of years of wrongful prosecution. As Deuteronomy 27:17 reads, "Cursed is he who moves his neighbor's boundary mark.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'"  Do not be cursed, do not move his boundary- please, this is of biblical proportions, and this is a chance to practice what you preach. 

I know I am on the right side of history when I raise my fist in resistance to the tyranny of governmental agencies such as ICE. Are you? Please help us raise money to help in the court of law- making sure one of my best friends, one of the greatest human beings I've ever known, remains in our country.  It is always darkest before dawn, and we need your help to make sure this darkness is blotted out by the light. 

Thank you for any, and all, contributions.  The money raised will go towards his legal fees, lawyers, and bail.  In order for him to have a fighting chance of staying in our country, we want to ensure the best lawyers and representatives are on his side. 

Update 3/16:
Due to the great success we've seen so far from the community, I was just alerted by the Gofundme team to include more information before I am able to make withdrawals from the account for Jesus. 

The first thing the team wants to hear is, "Your withdrawal plan to get the funds from the campaign to the ultimate beneficiary/ies." Jesus told me that the jail does not accept cash only check or money order. So the plan is that I will write a check, withdrawing these funds to the jail. That, or I will withdrawal the money, put it into a money order and use that to post bail

Also, I need to address "How the funds will be spent (please be specific as possible)." And to answer that question, my plan is to use the funds to post bail, as soon as that is possible. That means, as soon as I get the call that he is able to post bail, I will access the funds and use these generous contributions to get him out of OCJ.  Also, with his parents handling the lawyer, as of now, I will also access these funds to reimburse, or straight pay, for the legal fees that his parents are dealing with now. 

Also, as an update on where he sits right now, I am not able to provide any more details because I do not know any more details. Jesus and I have been communicating by phone, but since he is in jail, these calls have been limited and this process is slow.

Those that know Matt Rojas, know he was in jail for about three months, and Zeus expects to be in there for about the same time. I have not heard any updates about his court hearing or the process, but when I do, I will provide further updates. Again, thanks for the contributions, and I appreciate the patience, and when I know more, I will provide everyone with further updates. 

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Alex Ander
Peekskill, NY

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