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For Pastor Max Villatoro, Brigido Acosta, And All The Dads Separated From Their Kids Because Of Deportation

Millions of families across the US will come together to celebrate Father’s Day this upcoming weekend. But for many immigrant families, the day will instead serve as one of sadness. Sunday will be Pastor Max Villatoro’s second Father’s Day away from his four kids. He was deported to Honduras last year after living in Iowa for … Continue reading »

Faith Leaders, Pastor Max’s Family Slam Aggressive ICE Tactics Targeting Immigrants

Faith leaders and advocates have condemned the aggressive — and oftentimes deceptive — tactics used by ICE to target and deport undocumented immigrants. The advocates spoke out during a visit with lawmakers in Washington, DC last week on the one year anniversary of the deportation of Pastor Max Villatoro, an Iowa faith leader who was … Continue reading »

One Year Later, The Fight To Return Pastor Max Back Home To Iowa Continues

It’s been one year since Pastor Max Villatoro was deported to Honduras and torn from his wife, four US citizen children, and Iowa home. Some deportation cases get local and state attention, but rarely do they receive the sort of national attention Pastor Max’s case managed to get. Support for Pastor Max swelled following his … Continue reading »

Iowa Rep. Dave Loebsack Introduces Legislation To Reunite Deported Pastor Max With His Family

Nearly a year after his deportation to Honduras, a new effort to return Pastor Max to his family in Iowa has begun. Rep. Dave Loebsack, from Iowa’s Second Congressional District, yesterday introduced legislation aimed at reuniting the Pastor with his wife Gloria and their four US citizen children in the United States. Pastor Max’s arrest … Continue reading »

Bill to Bring Pastor Max Villatoro Back to the U.S Shines Light On Larger Immigration Problem

Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack introduced legislation aimed at uniting deported Iowa City Pastor Max Villatoro with his family. Pastor Max’s case generated widespread local and national attention last year when—despite being a prime candidate for prosecutorial discretion under the Obama administration’s new guidelines—Max was separated from his family and deported to Honduras. Congressman Loebsack’s legislation would allow Villatoro to be … Continue reading »