Yesterday, we posted a story about a California pastor named Noe Carias, who was arrested by immigration officials because they said he was “deportable.” Carries has been in the U.S. for more than 20 years, is married to an American citizen and has two young children.
His arrest sparked outrage in the local community. Now, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, a pastor and president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, is speaking out.
In an interview with The Christian Post, “By all accounts, Pastor Carias is a law-abiding and productive member of his Los Angeles community. Beyond that, he is a model father of two children who are both U.S. citizens and Wednesday will be his 14th wedding anniversary to his wife Victoria.”
He also directly called out President Trump: “Time and again, President Trump has stated his priority would be to deport violent criminals, drug dealers, human traffickers and gang members. Pastor Carias is the very opposite of that description. We should deport pushers, not pastors.”
Rodriguez actually spoke at Trump’s inauguration and has occasionally worked as an informal White House advisor. He told TCP, “We have worked tirelessly with the White House and the Trump administration precisely in order to avoid this kind of result.”
You can read his full statement here.
Jesse Carey is a mainstay on the weekly RELEVANT Podcast and member of RELEVANT's executive board. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and two kids.