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LOCAL News :: Civil & Human Rights

Elderly Couple Detained in Virginia -- Action Needed

My uncle and aunt, Gokal and Shiela Kapoor, got taken away by Homeland Security last week, and have since been locked away in the Pamunkey Detention Center in Virginia, and I need your help.

This is a disaster. Detention is a black hole - it's like talking to a crazy person. Ask the same question 5 times (like, uh, why did you take my aunt and uncle?) and you get 5 different answers (an airport investigation. they are out of status. we're deporting them. we're bringing them back in 2 hours. we have information that they're a high security risk to the US.) In reality, they're elderly folks in their 70s who are so law-abiding they don't even freaking jaywalk. They are struggling with an asylum case that recently got denied (again), and worked at Dulles airport. Those two things together apparently spell baaad news.
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My uncle and aunt, Gokal and Shiela Kapoor, got taken away by Homeland Security last week, and have since been locked away in the Pamunkey Detention Center in Virginia, and I need your help. We're stuck here with very very few options, and we're using what little options we have to try to make some noise and get some attention paid to this. Go here to send a quick and easy fax... and for more information... www.stopdetention.org/

This is a disaster. Detention is a black hole - it's like talking to a crazy person. Ask the same question 5 times (like, uh, why did you take my aunt and uncle?) and you get 5 different answers (an airport investigation. they are out of status. we're deporting them. we're bringing them back in 2 hours. we have information that they're a high security risk to the US.) In reality, they're elderly folks in their 70s who are so law-abiding they don't even freaking jaywalk. They are struggling with an asylum case that recently got denied (again), and worked at Dulles airport. Those two things together apparently spell baaad news.

Here's the site with more information and a way to fax the senators in Virginia: www.stopdetention.org/. We have a lawyer and are working on media stuff, but if you have any other brilliant ideas, shoot 'em on.

Thanks to anyone who's willing to help with all this! I'll appreciate you forever. Not that I don't already.

-- a very tired and upset and pissed-off Sitara

More info:

My uncle, aunt and 19-year old cousin live in Virginia, and were home after my cousin graduated from high school on June 22. They came to the U.S. from Afghanistan about 7-10 years ago, and have been involved in a long asylum attempt. They were recently denied asylum in what looks like it might be their last appeal. On June 22, the doorbell rang, and the police/gov't officials were outside, saying they needed to take my uncle and aunt to question them about an investigation they're doing at the Dulles airport (where my aunt works and my uncle used to work before his work permit expired and wasn't renewed).

The police told my 19-year old cousin that they'd bring his parents back that night, which of course they didn't do. Now they're in a detention facility in West Virgina, and are now being told they're being detained because of their immigration status. The story they're being told keeps changing, and it's unclear what's going to happen to them, whether they'll be deported, what will happen to my cousin (who is also in danger of being deported, though he was not detained), if there's any intervention that we can do.

Sitara Nieves, Organizer
Critical Resistance
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 504
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510-444-0484
Fax:510-444-2177
www.criticalresistance.org
 
 


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