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Ardani Rosales is a Guatemalan national who was severely beaten and had his life threatened by the Guatemalan gang La Mara Salvatrucha, for ministering to youths and convincing them not to join deadly Guatemalan gangs.

After nearly dying from the beating he received, Ardani came to the United States in 2005, applied for a visa based on humanitarian circumstances and moved to Phoenix where he lived and worked for seven years.

Directly following a traffic stop in December 2012, Ardani was incarcerated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and languished in jail for a year until he was deported to Guatemala in December 2013.

On April 2, 2014 he re-entered the U.S. to request humanitarian parole and a chance to reunite with his wife and children. He is currently being held at the CCA facility in Florence, Arizona.

Read more about Ardani’s story on Nogales411.