A North Carolina Baptist church claims immigration officials entrapped a long-time church member held for deportation after applying for permission to stay in the United States due to a life-threatening medical condition.
Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary, N.C., held a press conference Jan.11 demanding release of Gilles Bikindou, a church member since 2006 who was arrested Jan. 9 during what he thought was a routine check-in at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office in Charlotte, N.C.
Pastor Lauren Efird said the situation is even worse due to an unspecified medical condition treated by medicine available only in the U.S. and Canada. She said Bikindou might not even make it out of the country, citing a recent report by the Department of Homeland Security revealing long waits for medical care and other concerns at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga., where Bikindou is reportedly headed after being held at a …