I have known Enrique Manriquez for three years, ever since I became the pastor of his church. Now he is languishing in Roanoke City Jail, en route to the ICE detention facility in Farmville, Va.
These are my scientific estimates, based on daily observations:
Hours Enrique has spent at our church fixing things and beautifying the place: approx. 1,000,000
Groups of workers he has organized to keep the place clean and neat: 100
Tamales he has carried from his kitchen to the church for the benefit of hungry people: approx. 10,000
AA meetings conducted in Spanish that Enrique has made possible: 104
Prayer grottoes that Enrique had agreed to build for free: 1
Lightbulbs in the ceiling of the church which Enrique has risked his life to change: 100
Sons whose high-school graduation Enrique will miss while sitting in jail: 1
Daughters who wept inconsolably for hours after Enrique was whisked away in a black Chevy driven by a man with “Immigration” on his jacket: 1
U.S. Citizens in Enrique’s immediate family: 4 (both his sons, his daughter, and his wife)
Number of times Enrique has committed a crime: 0
Children who, this Sunday, will miss seeing Enrique and his smile: 150
If you are a Knight of Columbus, Enrique is your brother. If you are a Colts fan, he is your brother. If you work hard and hustle to provide for your family, he is your brother. If you love to be outside, and garden, or sit around and talk sports, he is your brother.
If you are a Christian, he is your brother. If you are a decent human being who tries to help others, he is your brother.
Please help us fight to get him out of jail. And please pray to St. Toribio for a miracle.
Enrique Manriquez Legal Defense Fund–St. Joseph’s
St. Joseph Catholic Church
2481 Spruce St.
Martinsville VA 24112