SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 20, 2017— Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), issues the following statement responding to recent reports that, for the first time, a “dreamer” has been deported:
“I’m hugely alarmed by recent reports that Juan Manuel Montes, a 23-year-old DREAMer, was deported to Mexico and separated from his family by border officials. As the investigation on this incident remains unresolved, we must wait until we have the facts and not jump to conclusions.
“I will reiterate my position that the Trump administration has promised to not touch our DREAMers’ or separate good families. As such, I ask our leaders to get to the bottom of this issue to determine whether the deportation of Mr. Montes violated this promise, and, if his deportation was indeed unwarranted, to immediately reunite him his family.”
— Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. He has been named by CNN and Fox News as “the leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement” and TIME Magazine nominated him among the 100 most influential leaders in America.
NHCLC/CONEL is the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization. It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora.