Jamaican on US most wanted list

Groups push to end ‘senseless’ deportation of C’bbean immigrants

Tuesday, June 21, 2011    

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WASHINGTON,DC, USA (CMC) — United States immigration authorities have placed a Jamaican national on its "Most Wanted" list.

The Immigration and Enforcement Agency (ICE) said that Hubert Thompson Downer is wanted for "Illegal re-entry as an aggravated felon and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

ICE said that Downer, 50, who weighs about 160 pounds, is originally from the resort city of Montego Bay in Jamaica,

The agency said he uses many false names including Michael David Reid, David George Johnson, and Calvin Peter Green.

According to the ICE, Downer's last known address was Owings Mills, Maryland.

It warned the public not to attempt to apprehend the fugitive, adding that if the public has information about his "whereabouts" to "immediately contact your local US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office or call the national hotline as soon as possible".

Meanwhile, a coalition of immigration groups has joined forces with two United States congressional members in calling on President Barack Obama to end what they described as the "senseless and unjust" deportation of Caribbean and other immigrants and the suffering of their families.

The New York Immigration Coalition -- comprising many immigrant groups in the metropolitan area; Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants; and Illinois Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez rallied with other elected officials and Caribbean immigrants over the weekend at Kings County Hospital Centre in Central Brooklyn.

"It's important that our Latino brothers and sisters not bear the brunt of the broken immigration system," declared Clarke, host of the event, who represents the 11th Congressional District in Brooklyn, the largest district of Caribbean nationals in the United States.

"So we need to be shoulder to shoulder with them. We're all in this together . Across this nation we see how our broken immigration system tears families apart. It affects families of all different backgrounds, ethnicities and races," she said.

Gutierrez, a leading voice in the US Congress for comprehensive immigration reform, and the New York Immigration Coalition urged Caribbean and other immigrants to join a "Pen Campaign" by writing President Obama "to take executive action -- with the stroke of a pen -- to undo some of damage caused by harsh enforcement policies.

"We elected him to the White House to be our champion. He can end this massive deportation," Gutierrez said, adding "its a shame in America that we take our young men and women and deport them," he added.

New York City Councilman Dr Mathieu Eugene, the first ever Haitian to be elected to the city Council, said the issue of deportation is a crime to the immigrant community.

Bishop Orlando Findlayter, the Jamaican-born chairman of the Brooklyn-based Churches United to Save and Heal (CUSH), said he was delighted to participate in the rally.

"The broken immigration policy of the US is creating tremendous stress in our community. We applaud the Hon Yvette Clarke for her leadership."





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