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Indonesian Immigrant Fearing Deportation Sought Sanctuary at NJ Church

Indonesian Christian immigrant Yohanes Tasik sought refuge in a New Jersey Church after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents visited him at his apartment. Tasik was assisted by a local pro-immigration group Immigration and Deportation Response Equipo (DIRE), led by Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, who immediately came to the aid of Tasik upon learning that Tasik was being targeted by ICE agents.

Tasik is an undocumented immigrant living in the U.S. since 1989 after escaping religious persecution in Indonesia and has a young daughter. Tasik has been legally living in the U.S. without legal status on the condition that he regular visit his ICE supervisors on designated dates. However, ICE has been reported to have rescinded these kinds of agreements since President Trump assumed office and even conducted arrests and deportation during regular visits of undocumented immigrants at ICE offices.

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