Reunite Rene Lima-Marin with his Family

by Julie Gonzales, Meyer Law Office

Reunite Rene Lima-Marin with his Family

by Julie Gonzales, Meyer Law Office
Julie Gonzales, Meyer Law Office
The Meyer Law Office, PC is based in Denver, CO and specializes in immigration law, removal defense, criminal defense, and the immigration consequences of contact with the criminal justice system.
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Gov. Hickenlooper just granted Rene a pardon!

May 19, 2017

An hour ago, Governor Hickenlooper granted Rene a full and unconditional pardon. We thank the Governor for taking this extraordinary step. I just got off the phone with Rene, and he is stunned. Jasmine is also ecstatic. 

Rene’s immigration fight is still not over. We still have critical and immediate work to do to prevent his deportation and reunite him with his family. We hope that I...

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Why this is urgent: 

On May 17, 2017, ICE officials detained Rene Lima-Marin and are trying to deport him to Cuba. The state court system, Republican and Democratic state elected officials, faith leaders, and grassroots community organizations all agree that Rene deserves to be released and to return home with his wife and two sons. Rene needs your help to fight his impending deportation to Cuba now! 

Case background: 

Rene Lima-Marin was born in Cuba in 1978, and arrived in the United States during the Mariel Boatlift crisis just before his second birthday in 1980. He became a Lawful Permanent Resident at the age of 8. Following a pair of robberies in 1998, Rene was sentenced to 98 years in prison, and as a result was ordered deported in 2000. 

In April 2008, Rene was released due to a clerical error by the Department of Corrections and placed on an Order of Supervision by ICE. Rene wholeheartedly embraced this new opportunity, and his exemplary conduct underscored the extent of his reintegration into society: he married his longtime girlfriend Jasmine, adopted his son Justus, fathered his son Josiah, bought a house, dedicated himself to his work as a glazier, and complied with every aspect of his parole and Order of Supervision "with flying colors." Regardless, in January 2014, nearly six years after his release, he was ripped apart from his family, rearrested, and reincarcerated. 

Rene did not give up. He filed a petition for habeas corpus to fight for his liberty in the courts, and his case was so compelling that during the 2017 legislative session, a bipartisan group of state elected officials urged Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to "help a father reconnect with his redeemed life" by granting Rene clemency or a pardon. 

On May 16, 2017, the Chief Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour, Jr. granted Rene's petition in a remarkable 165-page decision, ruling that the government, in "conscience-shocking indifference," violated Rene's constitutional rights. Judge Samour ruled that forcing Rene to return to prison would "perpetuate a manifest injustice," and ordered Rene released so that he could return to his life, family, and community. However, due to the 2000 deportation order, instead of being reunited with his family, ICE took him into custody to deport him back to Cuba, a country that he has never known. 

Where your money will go: 

Please donate what you are able to assist in the legal fight to reunite Rene with his wife Jasmine and his two sons, Justus and Josiah. We are on a very short timeline to prevent Rene's deportation to Cuba, and CrowdJustice funds raised will help cover an emergency legal investigation into his prior immigration case, seek a pardon from the Governor, and defend against his immediate deportation, including filing fees, copies, and attorney and paralegal time. 

Gov. Hickenlooper just granted Rene a pardon!

May 19, 2017

An hour ago, Governor Hickenlooper granted Rene a full and unconditional pardon. We thank the Governor for taking this extraordinary step. I just got off the phone with Rene, and he is stunned. Jasmine is also ecstatic. 

Rene’s immigration fight is still not over. We still have critical and immediate work to do to prevent his deportation and reunite him with his family. We hope that ICE will work with us to release Rene from custody and allow us to reopen his immigration case, restore his lawful permanent status, and reunite with his family. Thanks to this important step by the Governor, we are one step closer to reuniting Rene with his wife and children.

Please continue to share this CrowdJustice page with your contacts so that we can continue to work on his immigration case! Thank you all! 

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