El Salvadoran Pastor Jose Chicas Leaves North Carolina Church Sanctuary for First Time in Three Years After Biden Halts Deportations

After more than 1,300 days, a Triangle pastor is leaving a Durham church and will be able to go home to his family.

Jose Chicas is an undocumented immigrant.

Since mid-July 2017 Chicas has not left Saint Johns Missionary Baptist Church in Durham. He has been living there in sanctuary, afraid to leave and be deported.

However, President Joe Biden has now put a moratorium on deportations. For the next 100 days, nobody will be deported–meaning Chicas can go home to his family.

“I was scared a little bit because I don’t want to go to my country because my wife and family are here,” Chicas said on Friday.

“I say to everybody, thank you very much and if you have a problem, God will help you. Pray for all of the Spanish people in this country, pray for this president.”

“3 years and 7 months. It’s easy to say but not easy to believe,” his wife said. “God is Good.”

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