Help Arely stay with her family!

For: Arely Tomas
Syracuse, NY
Organizer: Arely and her family
Help Arely stay with her family! (Arely Tomas)
$4,325
of $7,000 goal.
Raised by 70 donors
61% Complete

The Story

NOT ONE MORE DEPORTATION!

On March 29th our friend Arely Tomas, member of the Workers’ Center of Central New York, mother, advocate for social justice, and friend, had an appointment with ICE for a “check-in.” With increasing (and worrying) frequency, ICE is detaining immigrants at these “check-ins”  nationwide. On this day many friends and allies held a rally to be in solidarity with Arely. She  was not detained at this check-in, but we are concerned she might face deportation proceedings at her next check-in on Wednesday, April 26th -which happens to be her young seven year old daughters’ birthday. She contacted an immigration lawyer and now she needs support to help cover the expensive legal fees.

Arely’s husband accompanied her to this check-in for moral support, and ICE agents took advantage of this opportunity and asked Arely’s husband intrusive questions. ICE agents went so far as to threaten her husband with a “check-in” in Buffalo, NY.

Arely has a working permit, which means she is authorized to work in the United States. If deported, her 10, 8, and 7 year-old children will be separated from their mother. Moreover, if her husband is also deported, their children will be stripped away from their parents. The Tomas children live with a constant fear of law enforcement.


This is an URGENT call for those who identify with Arely’s cause and an URGENT call for all allies.

Donate as emergency support for Arely and her family. Support their courage and help them in their time of need. Emergency donations will fund legal fees and related expenses resulting from dealing with their case(s) (like gas and childcare).

Let's all chip-in for Arely and her family—a family that has been threatened to be torn apart! Let’s fight  to keep Arely’s  family and other immigrant families together! We have vowed to be there for all immigrants when Trump’s agents attack. Let’s show our neighbors they have our support. We will not look away this time. We will not let our neighbors suffer alone.

UPDATE: Arely met with ICE on April 26th, and things are not looking good for her yet. She is working fiercely with her lawyer to help prevent her deportation and stay with her family. Thank you for your continued support.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 4, 2017

Posted on July 4, 2017

My family and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are currently still seeking donations because things have gotten tough during my immigration processing. On June 28th I was temporarily detained at 401 S Salina Street, Syracuse, NY, 13210. This was one of the most terrifying experiences my family and I have ever had to endure. My lawyer and ICE/immigration officer listened to my children weep as I told them I was being detained—over the speakerphone. "Why are police mean!?? Why do they do this?" My children yelled in desperation.

I couldn't help but cry along with them. There was an appeal for that led the immigration officer to release me. But this was a very close call. Friends and allies of the Syracuse Rapid Response Network showed up to advocate for my release as well—to them, I am extremely grateful.

My next immigration check-in is one month from my previous check-in, and I am expected to show up with my airplane tickets as well as my children's. I currently do not have that money in hand.

I have invested money generously donated to me via my youcaring.com profile on my immigration case.

I am currently working and seeking more ways to reach the amount of money I need to be able to afford more legal fees, the cost of airplane tickets, and the cost of processing travel documentation. We would be traveling to the country of Guatemala. If you can find it in your heart to donate any amount (no amount is too little, no amount is too much)...I will forever be indebted to you. My lawyer is still fighting to prevent my deportation.

Current amount received via youcaring.com = $3,564

Estimated cost of airplane tickets = $3,250

Passports for me and my children = $400

If you cannot afford to make a donation, it would mean a lot to me and my family if you would please share my fundraiser link with your family and friends. 

Note: I've added personal pictures to my profile to help place a face to the name (if you have not already met me personally).

- Arely

Posted on June 21, 2017

Posted on June 21, 2017

Dear: Everyone who has contributed to my campaign and stood with me in this turbulent time,

My family and I are extremely grateful for your support. Today, we are at $3,469—and you helped us get one step closer to that. You have increased more than the monetary amount reflected on my YouCaring campaign, that is to say you have gotten me one step closer in helping me stay with my children and keep my family together in the United States.  My family is who I value most in life. I will forever remember you stood with us in this time of desperate need.

We are currently $3,531 away from our goal. If you can find it in your heart, could you please share the link to my campaign with family and friends. I will forever be grateful.

Very kindly and respectfully--,

Arely and Family


Posted on April 29, 2017

Posted on April 29, 2017

Thank you to everyone who has been donating. Please continue to do so, as every contribution counts. No amount is to little; no amount is too much!

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