Here we go. An illegal immigrant in Houston, Texas is attempting to halt his deportation because . . . it violates his religion.
The Daily Caller reports:
Family Appeals Father’s Deportation, Says It Violates Their Religion
For the first time in U.S. history, attorneys for an illegal immigrant in Houston are appealing to federal religious freedom laws to annul his impending deportation.
Lawyers representing Juan Rodriguez filed a lawsuit Monday on the unprecedented grounds that Rodriguez’s deportation would violate his family’s religious beliefs, specifically a Seventh Day Adventist requirement that requires families to remain together. Rodriguez’s lawyers hope that their lawsuit will be upheld based on the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) which “ensures that interests in religious freedom are protected.”
. . . . He originally fled to the U.S. illegally over 10 years ago to escape violence in El Salvador, but ICE officials allowed him to live and work in the the U.S. so long as Rodriguez checked in with them on a regular basis. Twenty-five check-ins later, authorities informed Rodriguez in February that he would be deported.
The next few days will tell whether a judge will hear Rodriguez’s case and temporarily halt his deportation, according to Rodriguez’s lawyers.
Taking advantage of our First Amendment protections to undermine our nation’s laws.