I write today as a member of the religious community in Oregon asking that Francisco J. Rodriguez Dominguez be immediately released from detention. He was detained by ICE agents without a warrant at his home in southeast Portland.
Francisco is a member of our community working and worshipping in one of our churches. He does not represent a threat to the community and his arrest is a miscarriage of justice which does no good to anyone.
Francisco works for a local community organization coordinating a food pantry for low income families and he coaches a soccer team. He is a member and volunteer at Holy Cross Episcopal Church where he is assisting the church in its communication efforts. This is not an individual that our government should be concerned about nor take action to detail.
Law enforcement priorities such as these serve to undermine public safety and sows fear in the communities in which we live and worship. Such policies are against all that we believe in as members of the Christian faith and as Americans.
The Rt. Rev. Michael J. Hanley
Episcopal Bishop of Western Oregon
See video from a rally in support of Francisco, featuring Rev. Chris Craun of St. Michael & All Angels (Portland) reading Bishop Hanley’s statement, as well as speeches from Rev. Roberto Maldonado and Rev. Samuel Borbon: