Evangelical Assemblies of God Pastor with U.S. Citizen wife and children detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Evangelical and Interfaith Leaders Begin Ongoing Prayer Vigils and call on Government Leaders to Help
Los Angeles- President Trump has said that his immigration policy is focused on the deportation of people who are threats to public safety. Why then has Pastor Noe Carias been detained?
Pastor Carias is serving a thriving evangelical church in South Los Angeles. His wife as well as his 5 and 7 year old children are citizens. Pastor Carias has 25 year old deportation orders resulting simply from entering the U.S. without permission as a teenager. His lawyer has filed petitions to remove those orders. Apparently, ICE is not even willing to wait for the court to decide whether Pastor Carias can stay in this country. Evangelical Latino leaders joined by the interfaith community are committed to call on God and our government to release Pastor Noe Carias.
WHEN: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday July 25-28. Tuesday and Friday, Mrs. Carias will be available for interview
TIME: Tuesday-Thursday, 11:00am-1:00pm. Friday, 7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE: Tuesday-Thursday, Los Angeles Federal Building of USCIS. Friday, Pastor Carias’ Church: Iglesia Pentecostes Cristo la Roca de Poder, Asambleas de Dios
ADDRESS: Tuesday-Thursday, 300 N. Los Angeles, CA 90012. Friday: 1925 Temple St., Suite 211, Los Angeles CA 90026
WHO: Southern District of the Assemblies of God, COPALA, La Red de Pastores del Sur de California, Matthew 25, UNIDOS, CLUE, LA Voice
Media Contacts: Guillermo Torres, 323-228-2753 & Pastor Ada Valiente 1-909-472-5593
As Assemblies of God Southern District Superintendent Dr. Sergio Navarette states, “Pastor Noe Carias is and has been a faithful and very active member, local church leader, and Pastor of the Southern Pacific District of the Assemblies of God for the past 23 years. It's our prayer, hope and desire for ICE to grant the stay of removal for him. He's married to Mrs. Carias, a US Citizen, and they both have two precious children. As their Superintendent, I've known Pastor Carias for many years and I can testify of his faithful service to God and to our Hispanic people for many years."
We've added Prayer / advocacy cards for Pastor Noe to be distributed to supporters. We plan to bring these cards to his ICE meeting to help his case during his meeting with ICE.
Download the Prayer / advocacy cards.
Please bring to your church and have them signed and returned by Friday July 21.
A GoFundMe has been created to support Pastor Noe Mayorga's legal fees. Donate today!
Dear Friends of Matthew 25:
We write to request your urgent support to stop the deportation of Pastor Noe Carias Mayorga. Although Matthew 25 helped Pastor Noe receive temporary
protection from deportation in April, he is scheduled to appear again before ICE. Unfortunately, Pastor Noe’s new petition to extend this temporary protection from deportation has been denied, and we need your help to convince immigration officials to allow him to stay in the country with his U.S. citizen wife and two U.S. citizen children. You can read more about Pastor Noe’s case on our website: https://www.matthew25socal.org/noemayorga/
Here’s how you can help…
1. Advocacy Cards: Have your church, small group, and friends sign advocacy cards on behalf of Pastor Noe. Advocacy cards must be returned by Friday, July 21st. You can scan your signed advocacy cards and email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prayer suggestions to write on one side of the card are the following: Malachi 4:6, Mark 10:9, Matthew 18:6; Psalm 103:13. You can pick up AND drop off hard copies of cards available at any of the following locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange County:
- First Baptist Church of Maywood: 3759 E 57th St, Maywood, CA 90270
- Southern Pacific District, Assemblies of God: 614 S 5th AVE. La Puente, CA 91746
- Fuller Theological Seminary, Centro Latino, 135 N Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
- Knox Presbyterian Church of Pasadena: 225 S Hill Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106
- Immanuel Presbyterian: 3300 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
- Biola University, Department of Sociology: 13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90638
- World Relief in Garden Grove: 13121 Brookhurst St # G, Garden Grove, CA 92843
- Templo Calvario: 2501 W. 5th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703
2. Pray: Please dedicate time to pray for Pastor Noe at church on Sunday, July 16, Sunday, July 23rd or anytime your service takes place and POST on social media (see sample below)
3. Give: https://www.matthew25socal.org/donate/
Your contribution allows us to cover Pastor Noe's legal fees
Thank you for your vital support in this historic moment.
Rev. Dr. Robert Chao Romero
Erica Shepler Romero
Pastors Melvin and Ada Valiente
Rev. Alexia Salvatierra
Please sign our petition for noe mayorga!
Pastor Noe Mayorga is in jeopardy of deportation. He has been a pastor in the Assemblies of God denomination for six years, and is the devoted husband of a U.S. citizen and the loving father of two U.S. citizen children (ages 5 and 7). Pastor Mayorga has an upcoming check-in with ICE and, although he has a previous stay of removal, it is highly likely that he will be deported unless he receives widespread community support.
The petition will be sent to David Marin, Director of Enforcement and Removal Operations, in Los Angeles.
-Southern California Matthew 25 Movement
Dear Mr. Marin:
We are writing on behalf of Pastor Noe Nolberto Carias Mayorga, an Assemblies of God Pastor with the Southern Pacific District with 6 years of service to our community. He is married to Victoria Jesus Carias a US citizen with two citizen children Nylah Carias age 7 and Abraham Noe Carias age 5. He received a stay of removal in 12/10/2014 which has been extended 1 time on 02/03/2016. On 03/03/17, 1-130 Petition for Alien Relative was submitted and the petitioner is Victoria Jesus Carias his wife.
Pastor Noe Nolberto Carias Mayorga is a blessing to his church, our denomination and the broader community. He is the father of a thriving family which would be devastated by his removal.
In the context of the prioritization of enforcement, it is important to note that Pastor Noe Nolberto Carias Mayorga’s only violation was entering without permission as a teenager. He is now 42 and would have a qualifying case if his deportation orders were removed.
We pray that his contributions, his relationships and the negative impact on hundreds of lives of his potential removal would influence you to grant him a stay of removal and re-open his case.
May God bless you and give you wise discernment and a compassionate heart in your decision about Pastor Noe Nolberto Carias Mayorga’s case.
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