Filipino green card holder facing deportation after ICE arrest
HIGHLAND PARK, New Jersey – Residents are rallying behind a local man, a Filipino green card holder, who is being detained and threatened with deportation for a past conviction by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Cloyd Edralin, a Filipino immigrant, was arrested June 4 outside his house while he left for work at 6 a.m.
Edralin’s wife, Brandi, told NJNews12 that Cloyd was being held for a conviction in 2007 when he was found with an air gun in his car during a traffic stop.
“Out of nowhere for this to come up and for him to be held in detention while it is sorted out is unconscionable,” Brandi said.
Residents rallied in front of the Reformed Church of Highland Park in support of Edralin, Brandi, and the couple’s three daughters.
Pastor Seth Kaper Dale, who called for the rally, accused ICE of punishing “people for past mistakes that have already been paid in full.”
ICE issued a statement saying, “Cloyd Tolentino Edralin, a citizen and national of the Philippines, is removable based on his felony conviction for possession of a handgun. He is currently in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.”
Edralin is incarcerated in Elizabeth, New Jersey, His attorney is trying to get him a bond hearing that could take at least a month, according to family members.