Free Pastor Noe! An Assemblies of God Pastor Unjustly Detained by ICE
On Monday, July 24, Pastor Noe Carias Mayorga was unjustly detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) in Los Angeles. He is currently facing deportation. Pastor Noe's case shines a bright spotlight on the brokenness of our immigration system and the deep pain currently felt by millions of immigrants throughout the United States.
Noe is the pastor of Iglesia Pentecostal Cristo la Roca de Poder. His church is part of the Assemblies of God denomination which has more than 3 million members in the United States, and nearly 68 million members worldwide.
Pastor Noe has potential qualifying cases to become a legal permanent resident. He is married to a US citizen and is the father of two beautiful U.S. citizen children. Their hearts are breaking. He came to the U.S. initially as an unaccompanied minor from Guatemala.
Noe was deported multiple times as a teenager – the last time was over 20 years ago. He is now 42 years old.
As an adult, Noe became a Christian and then a Pastor. He has never committed any offense except entry without permission. He has a motion pending with Immigration Court which gives him an automatic stay pending the decision in his case. I.C.E. has recognized the legitimacy of his claim and has given him a stay of removal twice (each time for a year.)
Legal processes are lengthy – he needs additional time. They have recently denied his request for a stay of removal and instead have detained him.
Pastor Noe and the Matthew 25 Movement in Southern California call upon the Church and allies of all faith traditions to work together for the release of Pastor Noe and the humane reform of our broken immigration system. In the words of Jesus, whatever we do for the “least of these,” we do for him; and whatever we do not do on behalf of the vulnerable we do not do for him (Matthew 25: 31-46).
To get involved, check out our website and social media links below:
Rev. Dr. Robert Chao Romero, Associate Professor, UCLA, Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies
Co-Chairs, Matthew 25 So Cal Steering Committee