Abbie’s father: President Trump can send a private plane to get me
KEANSBURG — Abbiegail Smith's father is pinning his last hope to attend her funeral on President Donald Trump.
A day after the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica turned down his application for a nonimmigrant visa to attend the funeral of his 11-year-old daughter "Abbie" on Monday in Keansburg, Kenroy Smith tearfully asked for help from the top.
He believes that Trump could send a private plane to pick him up and return him right after the funeral. "I am not trying to stay in the United States. Take the sheriff or the marshal and cuff me in the hand and bring there (to the funeral). And cuff me and bring me back " Kenroy Smith told New Jersey 101.5.
"I am trying to be strong but it's hard."
While he is in the states, Smith would also like to visit the Hancock Avenue Apartments where prosecutors say she was stabbed to death by 18-year-old neighbor Andreas Erazo last Thursday. "As her father I am supposed to have that right."
In the rejection form letter posted by Kenroy Smith to his Facebook page, he was turned down for three reasons, two of which are checked off from a list: A "conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude" and a "conviction for a controlled substance related offense."
Additionally, a 214(b) denial is handwritten onto the letter. The U.S. State Department website explains that this denial means the consular office believes the applicant did not "sufficiently demonstrate" a qualification for the visa or that the applicant did not "overcome the presumption of immigrant intent" by "sufficiently demonstrating that you have strong ties to your home country that will compel you to leave the United States at the end of your temporary stay."
The letter also says that "no waiver is available for this ineligibility."
Kenroy Smith said he was charged with a "minor" drug offense in 2001 but does not recall the details. He was deported back to Jamaica and not allowed to reapply for return to the country for two years.
Abbie moved with her mother from Jamaica to the United States in 2007. Abbie has visited her father in Jamaica.
“Actually, I did not see a judge. I was just kicked out of the United States with my three kids and my previous wife. I was not a dealer. I was an addict,” he said earlier this week.
Abbie’s funeral is Monday in Keansburg with a viewing on Sunday.
Christina Kirkpatrick said on Facebook that she was holding a protest on Main Street in Keansburg.
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez's office was trying to help, according to the Smth's daughter, Latisha, who lives near Washington, D.C. Menendez's office referred questions after the rejection to the family's lawyer, who did not return a message on Friday.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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