Please. One Last Time. Support Akim. Please Sign Petition.
10 years ago
Akim Gama is missed by many in these parts.
His smile, his joyous, contagious personality impacted countless people.
the smile has disappeared, the joy in Akim's life has been put on hold.
Worry, anxiety and sadness now occupy Akim's thoughts as he sits in a
detention center in Aurora awaiting deportation.
Even more disturbing and frustrating to Akim's supporters is that he's been in the detention center for more than four months.
is now waiting to see if he will be deported back to Zimbabwe, a
country ravaged by terror, human rights atrocities and abuse of
It's been reported that his father was killed shortly before Akim fled to the United States in 2000.
Akim fears that the same fate awaits him if he is forced to return to Zimbabwe.
Akim needs help. Money for legal fees, communication to officials in support of his cause and just support of all kinds.
and immigration issues are thorny subjects. But this is an instance
where the system has failed and there doesn't appear to be a secondary
option. All that happens is the crack in the system keeps sucking Akim
closer to being deported.
Some of the blame could be placed on
Akim for missing a court date by 10 days. But to slam the door shut on
the case after that type of an oversight is irresponsible, excessive
and even heartless government action.
In this case, many feel
that sending Akim back to Zimbabwe would constitute a death sentence
upon his arrival in a country that has drawn harsh criticisms for its
human rights abuses.
To understand the situation, one must know
and understand the kind of man that Akim Gama is and the impact he made
on this community. Employed, law-abiding and an African ambassador who
has spoken to students about his native country.
A man who
embraces diversity and his role as a man who has a message. It's a
message of enlightenment and education. Akim has enormous passion for
his country and relishes the opportunity to shed light on the problems
that currently grip Zimbabwe.
Akim came to the United States in
2000 to escape the political turmoil of Zimbabwe. His case for
political asylum is strong. He has estimated that as many as 30,000
members of his African tribe have been killed.
Akim entered the country legally, has paid taxes and has always been employed.
made a mistake by missing his court date, but even that isn't
completely clear as to whether the date was changed or his questionable
legal counsel at the time made the mistake.
A motion to reopen
his case was filled in November and denied. His new legal team has
filed an appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals and has filed an
emergency motion to keep him from being deported.
Akim's fate is now in the hands of the system. A system that has failed him to this point.
Should we sit back and keep our fingers crossed that the appeals board will do the right thing?
We might not have a choice, but we feel that noise should be made.
to our local congressman, John Salazar, to our U.S. senators, Ken
Salazar and Wayne Allard; donating money to help with ongoing legal
fees; and sending messages of hope - these are all ways we can and
should get involved.
Akim Gama needs our support. He deserves it and he's earned it.
It's frightening to think what might happen if Akim is deported.
Update:He has now been in detention 5 months for missing a court date.
This post was modified from its original form on 10 Feb, 20:13