Taking action. A close friend of 90 Day Fiancé star Jay Smith (real name: Conroy St. Christopher Smith) has started a new GoFundMe campaign to help free the TLC alum from “immigration detention.” Jay is currently in ICE custody and faces deportation, In Touch exclusively revealed on July 3 and now, his pal is reaching out for help on the TV personality’s behalf.
“As some people have seen or heard, Jay Smith, known from the TLC show 90 day Fiancé, is currently being detained in York County Prison on immigration detention and is facing potential deportation,” the description for the GoFundMe page begins. “Jay turned himself into authorities Tuesday night [July 2] with the understanding and intent that he was to see a judge the next morning and be released after the incident regarding a social media post.”
Jay’s friend Kayla revealed a judge dropped the charge from the social media incident, but his legal troubles didn’t end there. “Instead of being released and able to leave as a free man the way a U.S. citizen would, [Jay] was immediately turned over to immigration enforcement and is being held in a jail cell as if he is a convicted criminal,” the message continues, noting how the reality star is stuck behind bars as he waits to find out if he will be deported or will be allowed to stay in America.
“The only way for him to sooner see a judge and pretty much have basic human rights is with a good attorney,” the TLC alum’s friend added. “Jay fears for his life if he is returned to Jamaica … he is now seen as a traitor who has turned his back on his people and they will assume he has money since he was in America and on an American TV show so that keeps him at a continuously high threat for his safety if he is returned home.” The campaign description also alleges that Jay has “not received his share of the money for being exploited” on the hit reality show 90 Day Fiancé.
Jay previously turned himself in to authorities after being informed there was a warrant out for his arrest, due to an alleged violation of a PFA (Protection From Abuse) order that was placed against him by his estranged wife Ashley Smith (née Martson), 31, on Monday, July 1.
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