US family risk being broken up as father faces deportation

June 08, 2017

More than 100 persons have so far responded with money to help the family of a Jamaican in the United States who is locked up and awaiting deportation.

The Jamaican, Ricky Morgan, was reportedly detained by immigration officials on June 5. He is said to be the father of three children, and five stepchildren.

"His wife Melissa and all of their children are US citizens. He is the primary caregiver for his youngest six year-old-son and is a main pillar of support for another son who has down syndrome and is a leukaemia survivor. Ricky was working in Utica, is a great cook, and an avid soccer player and coach. He will be deeply missed by countless people who know him," said Carlo Tresca who launched a campaign on GoFundMe to raise US$10,000 (approximately J$1.3 million)to help keep him in the United States.

The campaign was launched one day ago and more than $4,000 has been pledged.

"Justice is not served by tearing apart loving families," wrote Susan Fiehl, who donated US$25.

Tresca said that the money that is donated will help support Morgan and his family "as they all struggle with this major transition in their lives".

"Melissa will need the funds, especially after the loss of income the family receives from Ricky, to support their children. The family will also need funds for legal fees, transportation and childcare."


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