We write to you with a heavy heart. We just learned a few minutes ago that our beloved Pastor Max was deported by ICE today. Max's wife Gloria just received a call from him that he had landed at the airport in San Pedro, Honduras.
Your solidarity and commitment has been so incredible and beautiful. We've seen so many statements and signs of hope and compassion across the country. From Tweets to marches and your letters and prayers, Pastor Max's case is a case that we should have won. We are so grateful for your support as we continue to fight for justice, compassion and unity for all families across our nation.
We know this will be an incredibly difficult time for Pastor Max and his family. The Central Plains Mennonite Conference is launching a fundraising campaign today to raise funds for Max’s legal fees and provide a strong foundation for the family with the separation of their father. We'd be humbled if you were able to make a contribution to the Villatoro Family Fund.
In times like these we are reminded of the words of Dr. King:
The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice...
Which is why we keep fighting.
Tammy and Karla
Tammy Alexander, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office
Karla Stoltzfus Detweiler, First Mennonite Church, Iowa City, Iowa
On behalf of the Groundswell Movement Petition.
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.