ECHO PARK — The pastor of an evangelical church was detained during a routine meeting with immigration officials on Monday, raising fears the undocumented Guatemalan immigrant will be deported.
Noe Carias is the pastor of Iglesia Pentecostés Cristo La Roca de Poder, a church that holds services in a Temple Street shopping center. After checking in to a meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Carias was taken into custody, reports the L.A. Times.
The 42-year-old Carias ignored a 1995 deportation order but has been granted one-year stays during the last two years, according to his attorney.
ICE officials did not say why Carias, who is married to a U.S.citizen and has two children, was detained. But his attorney, Noemi Ramirez, said ICE “decided to say he’s removable because of his ’95 decision.”
Victoria Carias learned her husband was being held as she waited for him to come out of his meeting with ICE officials.
“I thought everything was going to be fine,” she said, according to KPCC. “We were very hopeful.”
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