The National Immigrant Bond Fund is fighting for dignity and due process in North Carolina, where local police are arresting people of color for minor infractions, and reporting them to immigration authorities. In Samuel’s case, the Bond Fund helped to pay his bond, and SCSJ represented him in court. Despite 13 years in the US, and strong ties to family and community here, Samuel is not eligible to legalize his status. He will have to leave the country.
Sometimes all the Bond Fund can do is help someone out of detention, to say his goodbyes. People who can not post bond are deported directly from a detention center, without the opportunity to put their lives in order or see their loved ones again. The video above was created by Tasha Prados, a University of North Carolina intern at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ). En Espanol, with English subtitles.