There’s good news for the family that the Accompaniment Team has been supporting. At the hearing on Friday, July 20, Raul (husband and father) won his motion to have his felony reduced to a misdemeanor.
First Church-ers Emma Fujii and Andrea Trexler were among the full courtroom of supporters. Andrea said “The campaign to ‘Pack the Court’ was extremely successful. I am convinced that the presence of the public is what swayed the judge to rule as he did.” The felony being reduced to a misdemeanor means he has the right to apply for a form of relief called “cancellation of removal” (similar to asylum but not quite as good).
Raul was recently transferred to an ICE facility in Colorado. A “Go Fund Me” page has been set up to help Raul’s family visit him in Colorado and post a bond in the event he is released. Please also consider signing a petition to Tell ICE: Free Raul! and writing a letter of support to Raul.