In full disclosure, Oscar had a DUI in 2015, which he has paid all of his fines and served his time for. On March 27 of this year ICE picked him up in the early morning hours and revoked his work permit for the U.S., therefore, starting the removal (deportation) process. ICE has held him for the last 4 months, leaving his wife and children with nothing. Jessica works as a toddler teacher at New Horizon Daycare earning a small salary. She has been trying to hold it all together for 4 months. Feeding her 5 kids, paying $1,100 rent, utilities, transportation to and from work and paying attorney's fees.
Oscar had court on Friday, July 14 where we thought he was finally coming home. The prosecuting attorney in trying to make a "statement" with Oscar and is REALLY pushing for deportation as it is such a hot topic in the news. The prosecutor has vowed to fight and appeal if Oscar didn't agree to a chemical assessment evaluation which would add another 6 months in jail. When all Oscar wants to do is stay in the U.S. with his wife and children and continue working at his job that he loves and has had for the past 13 years. A job that continues to stand behind him and represent him in court at every hearing.
His attorney has totally fumbled this case in every way. By the Grace of God his attorney was not able to appear this past Friday and a different attorney appeared at Court that could actually make a difference for Oscar. We really need to hire this attorney for this last hearing. This is the only chance we have of keeping Oscar in the U.S. This is it, there won't be another hearing after this. If we lose, Oscar will most certainly be sent back to Honduras. The new attorney is requesting $3,000 to see this case to the end. Because the prosecutor is making a "statement", Oscar is now spending another 30 days in jail to wait for his next court hearing. Oscar and Jessica have to pay for the chemical assessment evaluation and the other court documents which the new attorney can obtain and is already working on.
Jessica just doesn't have any more money to feed her kids, for rent, for gas and certainly not for more attorney's fees.
We are begging for help for Jessica, Oscar and their kids. Oscar truly is a good, kind, gentle and loving man who has made some mistakes and has learned from them. He has not been able to touch or hold his children for 4 months. Nor will he get the chance to if they deport him. He has 2 years of sobriety and attends AA seven days a week when he is not in jail. Tom and I stand behind Oscar 100%. Any dollar amount that anyone would be willing to donate to help with what we hope are the last of Oscar's legal fees would be kindly appreciated.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.
Tom and Carla Semple - for those that know us well, this is Tori's father.....
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