On April 13, members of the community held a rally in support of Ramzan Chaudhry, a City of Oakley resident and business owner in the City of Brentwood, who has been held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since February 14, 2019.
He could be deported to Pakistan for 10-years before being allowed to return to the United States. Members of the community joined together at the family’s business Brentwood Petroleum Station (7920 Brentwood Blvd.) demanding that Chaudhry be released.
He is an undocumented immigrant from Pakistan who first came to the United States in 1991 at age 15, where he has since lived for 29-years. He is married to a US Citizen and has three children.
Back in February, it was stated the reason for the detention by ICE was due to the marriage paperwork had not yet been processed. It is also stated that although his work permits are up-to-date, his efforts to get him residency is likely what alerted Ice to his illegal status. He has been held at the Yuba City detention center.
“If his appeal is denied, he will be put on a plane in San Francisco and will be deported for 10-years,” explained Asia Chaudhry, his wife. “Since the day my husband has been here, he has paid taxes, he has never been in trouble with the law, he has a tax ID, a business in his name. He owns a home, has a business, we have three kids together.”
Chaudhry is now seeking help from local officials who can help stop the deportation as he has been seeking asylum since 1994 from Pakistan.
The family is hoping local elected leaders such as Congressman Jerry McNerney, Senator Steve Glazer, Assemblyman Jim Frazier or Contra Costa County Supervisor Diane Burgis can assist. They are also seeking help from Governor Gavin Newsom.