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Flight to Honduras scheduled at facility holding Iowa pastor

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An Iowa pastor and father of four facing deportation for a 17-year-old conviction has been relocated to a Louisiana detention center, where officials say a flight returning deportees to Honduras is scheduled to depart Tuesday.

Forty-one-year-old Max Villatoro informed his wife Monday that he would likely board the plane for removal from the United States. Villatoro was among 2,059 people arrested during a nationwide operation targeting convicted criminals living in the country illegally. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement classified him as an enforcement priority for a 1998 drunken driving conviction.

An official with the LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, Louisiana, confirmed the scheduled departure.

Villatoro's wife has initiated a "last-ditch effort" to keep her family together, posting a YouTube video pleading with President Barack Obama to block the deportation.

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