Wednesday morning (Nov. 15), on the steps of First Grace United Methodist Church, Jose Torres, a 32-year-old undocumented immigrant from El Salvador and the father of two small girls, took sanctuary inside the church and, thus, defied an order from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to turn himself in that day for deportation. With clergy from various faith traditions behind him and a diverse and supportive crowd in front of him, Torres dabbed the corner of his eyes with a tissue as he spoke of his daughters’ chronic medical conditions and ICE’s indifference to their predicament and to his.
“Immigration knows that I have two daughters,” Torres said in Spanish. “My oldest daughter is 8 years old. My youngest is 2 years old … Immigration knows
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