I’ve never felt so helpless as a pastor as I did on Tuesday, Jan. 9, the day Gilles was unexpectedly detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. I couldn’t do anything to stop the horrifying set of events that was about to happen that was going to change Gilles’ life.
Immigrant advocates criticized a decision by the Trump administration to end a program that has allowed about 200,000 people from El Salvador to live and work in the United States for nearly two decades.
Corina Lopez came to the U.S. in 2001 after an earthquake devastated her home country, El Salvador. She thought she would return in three years. “That was my plan, but not God’s will,” Lopez said at a rally to support a program to give legal status to people hindered from returning home because of natural disaster or armed conflict.