Prince Gbohoutou, a 26-year-old who came to the U.S. legally from Central African Republic as a child and married an American citizen, is being detained at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center because of his undocumented status.
At any moment, he could be deported to his home country, where he says his mother was killed by political opponents and he would likely face the same fate.
About 80 people gathered Friday night in a cordoned-off area of the jail’s parking lot to hold a vigil in support of Gbohoutou. Several activist groups and religious organizations from D.C. joined the demonstration. They spent an hour praying, demanding the end of the 287(g) agreement the detention center has with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and chanting messages of support loud enough for Prince and other detainees to hear.
“We’re gonna keep fighting and we’re gonna stay strong,” said Shaniece Hodges Gbohoutou, the asylum-seeker’s wife, who lives in New Carrollton. “We’re gonna get through this.”