Mohamed Jama fled his home country of Somalia because of the violence there. As an English teacher and a believer in human rights, Mohamed became suspect in Somalia and was targeted with threats of violence. In December 2010, Mohamed traveled to the U.S. and appealed for safety and asylum here only to be imprisoned at Stewart Detention Center. For whatever reason, our government has chosen not to honor his story and his sacrifice, and instead has kept him locked up in this for-profit prison. In making that choice, our government has condemned him to a kind of political limbo. He cannot be returned to Somalia because of the absence of a working government there. And because he has not been granted legal status here, he cannot use his many talents and deep intellect to contribute to our country and its work. So, he sits in detention and waits. And waits. He waits at a cost of the passion he could bring to work for justice; he waits at the cost of his own well-being; he waits at the cost of about $164 per day to the U.S. taxpayers.
Mohamed has asked us to make an appeal on his behalf. Could you find time to make one phone call to advocate for his freedom? Please call John Morton, the director of ICE at 202-732-3000. You are asking that Mohamed Jama, with A number 200564730, an asylum seeker from Somalia, be released from detention.