My story begins on December 21st, 2011 at 9:00am in Easthampton, Massachusetts. I was suddenly awakend by a loud pounding on the door, Half awake I went to answer it. After opening the door 2 Immigration ( I.C.E) agents greeted me and told me I was under arrest flashing an arrest warrant from 1998 ( I am 26 now which would make me 12 when the warrant was issued). I was total shock and utter disbeleif as they hand cuffed me and drove me Hartford,Connecticut. During the ride One of the agents started to devulge why they picked me up. Apparently my mother kept all of this a secret from me ( what child wants to be told " son you and I came here Illegaly" at the age of 7?).
As a child, I grew up american. I attended school in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1st grade all the way through High School, I then attended College, worked as a carpenter and even worked as a military case worker for the government through the American Red Cross. It never crossed my mind that my entire existence in the United states is illegal. I worked hard and played by the rules like any American is supposed to do. It was my home and all I knew.
After being processed, I was sent off to a detention center in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, where I waited for three months, uncertian of what would happen. Although I had no family in the country, my closest friends were doing all they possibly could, and managed to raise enough money to hire a lawyer. My Lawyer fought as hard as possible for my release, but in the end, there was too much red tape. On March 6th 2012. I was deported to Lithuania. It is a country I have not seen for almost 20 years and barely remember.
While detained I was not allowed to take any of my belongings with me at the time of deportation. My clothing, photos, artwork and sketchbooks are still in Springfield. I'm by no means materialistic, but alot of these "things" are simply irreplacable..I am attempting to raise $458.87 to cover the cost of shipping my clothing and other personal items from Springfield, Massachusetts to Lentvaris, Lithuania ( a little over 4,000 miles appart). I cannot afford this as an out of pocket expense due to my continuous search for employment (the jobs here are very hard to come by). Any ammount donation will be greatly appreciated. Please help me add closure to a bad situation and start my new life.
Thank you for you kindness and generosity. God bless all who contribute even a dollar.
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