Sanford Army Chaplain fights for husband, who is facing deportation to Honduras
ABC Local WTVD-TV ^ | May 13, 2018 | by Timothy Pulliam
Posted on 5/14/2018, 2:31:25 PM by Oldeconomybuyer
US Army Chaplain Tim Brown of Sanford is fighting for his husband facing deportation back to Honduras.
“I will not stop. I am determined. I am persistent. and I am an advocate for humanity,” said Brown.
On Thursday, Brown’s Husband, Sergio Avila Rodriguez was detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Charlotte. Sergio is now being held at a facility in Georgia.
“I get a phone call and that’s when Sergio says to me, ‘I’ve been detained and they are deporting me,'” Brown said.
Sergio escaped Honduras with his family when he was just 6 years old.
Brown says the couple was told by ICE agents that Sergio would be safe from deportation since he is the spouse of a military officer.
The couple married in January 2017.
Brown says they spent thousands of dollars toward Sergio’s immigration status and received a series of past waivers to delay deportation – that all now seems pointless.
“I feel trapped and I feel lied to.”
Sunday, Brown rallied a group of supporters at St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church to express his concern of Sergio going back to a country not supportive of the LGBT Community.
Mr. Avila was previously encountered by the U.S. Border Patrol near Rio Grande City, Texas, in September 2001 while attempting to illegally enter the United States. He was subsequently ordered removed from the United States by a federal immigration judge in March 2002. Mr. Avila also has a criminal conviction for Driving While Intoxicated in Durham County in January 2015.
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