About 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Father Roberto Maldonado's phone rang.
The sleepy priest at Gresham's Holy Cross Episcopal Church saw the call was from Francisco Rodriguez Dominguez, who was scheduled to read scripture at that morning's service. He picked up the phone expecting a routine question, but was jolted awake when the frantic young man said Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials were banging on the door.Â
Francisco J. Rodriguez Dominguez, 25, who attended Reynolds High School, was handcuffed, taken into custody and never made it to church. ICE picked up Rodriguez Dominguez at the home he shares with his parents and younger siblings on 162d Avenue.
"Francisco does not fit the bill of a bad hombre," the priest said, referring to a campaign comment by President Donald Trump that he would push to deport undocumented "bad hombres" from the U.S. Rodriguez Dominguez, Maldonado told the Outlook, "is a kind, humble, quiet, person,"
ICE did not have a warrant, said Matthew dos Santos, legal director for American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon. The ACLU and several other nonprofit agencies released the information about Rodriguez Dominguez and his detention on Sunday.
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