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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- St. Joseph Catholic Church is full of families, but some of them here have faced losing loved ones to I.C.E. detaining and incarceration.
Now they're asking leaders to step up so people who live here don't have to do it in fear.
"There's been several families, especially members of our church here that have been taken through I.C.E. detaining. Some families are in fear. They are upset. They feel they are not safe anymore in our county and Fort Wayne. They were members of our church and we miss them," Jaime Palama said.
Some who've been taken away aren't able to come back.
"Pray for these people. Rudolfina is one of the members here at St. Joseph."
Her brother died in I.C.E. detention. He was originally taken for failing to signal at a stop sign.
Faith In Indiana wants to make sure nothing like that happens again.
Allen County Sheriff Gladieux said he believes in Faith in Indiana's efforts and offered his support in assisting them at the town hall.
"Unless they are a serious violent felon, or criminal, I don't see any need why if they've been here for 15 or 20 years and working and supporting their family, I don't see a need to throw somebody out of the country without at least vetting them," Gladieux said.
He said they aren't holding anyone at this time.
Faith In Indiana has asked him to develop a plan to invest in pretrial services, jail diversion, and other alternatives to incarceration along with a written directive to end I.C.E. detainers in the next 60 days.
Angelo Mante said it's going to take people of all faiths to implement the family first agenda.
Mante is the reverend of Simpson- Gethsemane United Methodist Church.
"We said our private faith isn't enough we have to put this faith in action. Private faith doesn't result in public action," Mante explained.