Dear Pastors and other friends,
We've been calling Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices to ask them not to deport Max. First we called ICE in Omaha, then called them in St. Paul, today we need to call the ICE offices in Washington DC. Time may be running out for Max...the facility he's in is a 72-hour transfer facility on the grounds of the airport in Alexandria, Louisiana. Please, if you have called ICE before, call again today. If you haven't made a call for Max yet, today is the day.
Here is the phone number: 202-732-3000. When I called, the person who answered listened to me politely and took down my message. I let him know that I know Max and how I know him, that Max is not a threat, and asked that Max be considered for relief under their prosecutorial discretion guidelines. I also gave Max's case number: A# 094-338-085 and repeated his name to be sure they knew who I was talking about.
Please spread the word, and please keep praying that God will find a way to deliver Max back to his family and congregation.
Thank you so much,
UPDATE at 12:33: As more people have been calling, only about 50 percent are getting through. If you get a confusing recording when you call, just keep trying.
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.