Release Kapi from Immigration Detention!
UPDATE: Kapi has been transferred to the Florrence Detention Center in Arizona after ICE tried to deporting him! We need your support now!
Our friend Kapi is a valued member of the Huntington Beach, community, and was unjustly re-detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on September 20th, after his deportation officer failed to notify him or his attorney that his requested stay of removal had been denied back in May. We are calling for his immediate release, and administrative closure of his case, due to the negligence of his deportation officer.
Chansa Kapijimpanga (A# 097-680-530), known lovingly in his community as Kapi, previously spent 18 months in immigration detention in James Musick, Theo Lacy and Adelanto, and was released 2 ½ years ago. Since his release, he has attended all of his Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP) check-ins for the past 2 ½ years (every 8 weeks in person, and every 2 weeks by phone).
Born in Zimbabwe, Kapi is a long-time resident in the United States, living and giving back to his community for the past 16 years! He has strong ties to the community, including two USC children who are 21 and 23 years old. He is also a small business owner, and manager, where people work directly under him, rely on his presence. Being detained again has negatively impacted his business, especially the 14 employees who rely upon him, and have not been able to work since Kapi’s been detained, causing great economic hardship for all.
Kapi’s re-detention by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on September 20th came as a complete shock! Kapi is not a security threat, and has been in full compliance with invasive reporting since he was released from detention 2 ½ years ago!
Being detained again is re-traumatizing Kapi and negatively impacting his loved ones. He suffered many hardships during the first time he was in detention, including financial loss and emotional trauma that he is still reeling from. Being re-detained has increased his levels of anxiety, fear and depression. He must be released immediately!
We are calling on ICE to immediately release Kapi, and use their discretion to administratively close his case, as his current detention, and trauma, is entirely their fault.
Demand that ICE be accountable and release Kapi today!