A Guatemalan immigrant has taken sanctuary with her three children at the Holyrood Episcopal Church in northern Manhattan; the move came after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told her to prepare for deportation. An August 17 press conference announcing her decision included the New Sanctuary Movement, Fr. Luis Barrios, NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, NYS Assembly Member Carmen de la Rosa, and many others.
|Amanda Morales with her children and supporters. Photo Prensa Libre: Mundo Hispánico|
Guatemalan immigrant seeks sanctuary in Manhattan church
By Claudia Torrens, AP via Seattle Times
August 17, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) — A Guatemalan immigrant with no authorization to live in the U.S. entered a church in Manhattan with her three children on Thursday to seek refuge from immigration authorities.
Amanda Morales, who has lived illegally in the U.S. since 2004, said she decided to seek sanctuary instead of showing up to her appointment with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Morales said ICE told her during her last appointment this month that she would be deported and needed to buy a one-way plane ticket to Guatemala.
“I am scared, but at the same time I feel safe here,” she said during a press conference at Holyrood Church, in the Washington Heights neighborhood.[…]
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Manhattan church offers sanctuary to immigrant mother facing deportation
By NY1 NewsAugust 18, 2017
A Manhattan church and several city leaders are standing by an undocumented immigrant facing deportation.
Amanda Morales is seeking refuge at the Holyrood Church in Washington Heights.
Morales moved from Guatemala to the United States in 2004 and is the mother of three children — all U.S. citizens.[…]
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