April 30, 2011 by The Mormon Worker
An LDS Branch President in Draper and his family were arrested two weeks ago and will be deported. He fled El Salvador to come to the US years ago. Of course we know how the US-led dirty war in El Salvador decimated the country in the 1980’s. Many Salvadorans fled during that time and came to the US, both with documents and with out. They deserve our compassion and support, especially since our governments action in that country let to so many having to flee the country, not to mention the thousands who were tortured and killed by the US-backed Salvadoran military. See the Salt Lake Tribune article below:
LDS leader’s arrest puts spotlight on immigration stand
By David Montero
The Salt Lake Tribune
A local Mormon leader is being held in a Utah County jail awaiting deportation after federal authorities arrested him and his family nearly two weeks ago for being in the country illegally.
Felix Callejas, an LDS branch president in Draper, oversaw a congregation of about 100 and was picked up by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) agents April 19 after a failed attempt to obtain legal asylum from his native country of El Salvador.
The arrest, made public Friday, thrust The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints into the spotlight on an issue that has become controversial for the 14-million member faith headquartered in Salt Lake City.
Church officials would not directly answer questions about Callejas on Friday, with spokesman Scott Trotter saying, “This case reminds us all of the need to address immigration reform.” Read the rest of the article here.