It appears we have the attention of people in higher places. Call the ICE office in St. Paul at 612-843-8600 and leave this message, even if the person isn't equipped to take it. There is no phone number for these types of requests so we have to do our best to make sure ICE gets the message that we are watching.
“Hi, my name is ____________ and I’m calling to ask that ICE stops the deportation of Max Villatoro (A# 094-338-085). Max serves as a pastor at his church in Iowa City, has four U.S. citizen children, and has been an exemplary servant leader in his community for the past 20 years. There are clear factors in Max’s case indicating that he is not a threat to national security, border security or public safety, and therefore should not be an enforcement priority. We ask that Max be considered for relief under ICE’s prosecutorial discretion guidelines.”
We learned this morning that Max has been moved from the detention facility in Eldora, and we don't know yet where he has been taken. We don't know how to interpret this, whether it is good or bad, so it is best not to comment on that. When we know more, we'll post it here.
Bring Max Back!
Central Plains Pastor Max Villatoro was deported to Honduras on Friday, March 20 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Max and his wife Gloria are the pastors of Iglesia Torre Fuerte in Iowa City. Join us in prayer that Max can be reunited with his family and congregation, and join us in offering financial support to the Villatoro family.