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Henry Akim Gama came to America in 2000, hoping for political asylum after fleeing his native Zimbabwe. It’s an African country locked in political turmoil where Akim has estimated that as many as 30,000 members of his African tribe have been killed.

In September he was arrested in Glenwood Springs at his place of work, Rivers Restaurant, after missing an immigration court date. Akim could be blamed for missing the court date but as an outsider to this country he put his trust in the hands of his legal representatives, and they let him down.

He now has a new legal team trying to help.



Akim currently awaits deportation from an Aurora, Colo. detention center, where he’s been locked up for the past five months.

There’s some good news. An emergency stay of removal motion has been filed on Akim’s behalf by the Immigration board of appeals.



This doesn’t guarantee he will be granted asylum but it’s a start.

Akim entered the country legally, has paid taxes and has always been employed. He’s had a tremendous impact on this community, and has talked to local students at schools about the troubles of Zimbabwe.

He’s a man who deserves a chance at asylum. He demonstrated that he was a valuable member of this community.

The Post Independent is providing this link for people who want to show their support for Akim or post a message for him. We at the newspaper will forward messages to members of congress and senate as well as getting the personal support comments to Akim.


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