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Echo Park Pastor Released By ICE Two Months After Detainment
Noé Carías, the Echo Park evangelical pastor who was detained by ICE during an immigration appointment in July, was released by immigration authorities Friday. He spent 59 days in ICE custody.
Carías' attorney, Noemi Ramirez, announced he was released "[a]fter almost two months of legal efforts and sustained support from his family and faith-based community," according to NBC. He "rejoins his family, community and congregation, to continue fighting his immigration case," she added. Carías told La Opinión that he was informed he would be heading home a little after midnight late Thursday night.
Ramirez posted a video to her Facebook page of Carías' emotional reunion with his family.
Carías was initially detained during a court appearance where he reportedly hoped to gain a stay of removal. His deportation order dated back to 1994 or 1995, and he previously received a stay of removal in 2014, which was extended in 2016. He arrived in America from Guatemala at age 14 or 15, his wife previously told LAist. His wife is an American citizen, as are their two children.
Carías was detained at the Adelanto Detention Facility, according to La Opinión. He criticized his experience in the facility, claiming he contracted bronchitis twice and was not treated. The Adelanto facility, which is the largest immigrant detention center in California, has seen a number of detainee deaths in recent months. ICE recently asked the National Archives and Record Administration to approve a new timetable for the destruction of records relating to sexual assault and detainee deaths.