‘While this is a huge victory, it is only the beginning for Sergio and others like him…’
(John Wynne, Liberty Headlines) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released a criminal alien so he could be allowed to rejoin his husband – a Fort Bragg army chaplain.
According to WRAL News, Tim Brown and Sergio Avila-Rodriguez were married in January 2017 and were working on getting legal status for the latter.
Avila-Rodriguez was born in Honduras and entered the United States illegally at the age of 7.
He escaped the notice of law enforcement, until in January 2015 he was convicted of drunk driving in Durham, North Carolina.
Last week, he was taken into custody in Charlotte.
But the waiver from ICE will allow him to be reunited with Brown on Tuesday afternoon.
“Thank you,” said the illegal alien’s Army chaplain husband yesterday. “We are overwhelmed with the support and coverage we have received, and because of these efforts Sergio is coming home. There is still a long way to go for Sergio.”
“Furthermore there are countless others who are also in need of our help, of your help. While this is a huge victory, it is only the beginning for Sergio and others like him.”
Avila-Rodriguez does not face immediate deportation.
According to ABC 11, on Sunday Brown rallied supporters at St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church in Raleigh, which caters to the local LGBT community.
There, he was joined by supporters from groups like El Centro and Equality NC, and called on state lawmakers to address immigration-related issues.
Brown said Avila-Rodriguez spent almost his entire life in the United States.
He suggested that his husband’s safety might be at stake if he returned to Honduras as a member of the gay community.
Read the story from WRAL News here.