The Rev. Noe Carlas is currently being held in Adelanto Detention Facility in the California desert, pending deportation charges for entering the U.S. without authorization to do so back in the 1990s. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have allowed Carlas yearly stays of deportation since 2014, when he began trying to obtain a legal immigration status. Carlas has been married to a U.S. citizen for 14 years and has two U.S. children. He has never been arrested or accused of a crime. He has worked and paid taxes while in the U.S. Nonetheless, when he appeared at ICE offices for his yearly check-in, he was arrested and detained pending deportation proceedings. Under the Obama administration, Carlas was not a priority for ICE enforcement measures; during Obama’s tenure, ICE agents focused on arresting and deporting felons. Under the Trump administration, however, that policy has shifted. Anyone, even those who lack a criminal record, is fair game for deportation if he or she has no legal immigration status. As a result, ICE arrests of undocumented immigrants who have no criminal history is up 50% over the number arrested by this time last year. ICE has arrested other religious leaders, too, including a Georgia deacon and his wife, a Virginia pastor, and a minister from Oceanside, California. ICE claims that Carlas is a repeated violator of immigration law who has assumed multiple identities and nationalities over the years. Carlas claims that Guatemalan guerrillas kidnapped him at the age of seven and that he was unable to escape until he reached the age of 12. His parents, fearing that he was dead, fled to Mexico, where they eventually reunited with their son in Tijuana. Carlas later fled farther north to the U.S. Carlas is an evangelical minister, which creates an ironic situation in the current political climate. More than 80% of evangelical Christians voted for Trump, yet they have been slow to take action in protest of the arrest and deportation of evangelicals who are undocumented immigrants. Some ministers have been vocal in calling on the white evangelical population to support non-white evangelicals, but many have seemed to ignore their plight, as well. The skilled and knowledgeable immigration lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. are here to get detained immigrants released and defend them against removal from the country. We handle these types of cases on a regular basis and have valuable knowledge about how to best represent your interests, based on your individual circumstances. By contacting our office right away, you will place yourself in the best position possible to have loved ones released from detention and defend again potential removal from home and family.