When faced with deportation, some people seek sanctuaries as they await decisions about their cases. One place some people trying to avoid deportation turn to is the church. Anyone in Maryland who faces deportation may be interested in the plight of a mother of two who has taken up residence in a church in another state in hopes of avoiding deportation.
The woman came to the United States in 1999 with her two children. In 2010, a traffic stop led to the discovery that the mother was here illegally. She was then detained. In the summer of 2014, she received word of an order for deportation. She then took shelter in the church to avoid deportation.
The public has noticed her plight, and the community has rallied on her behalf. While her case is dubbed a low-priority case, it is still open. The woman hopes the proposed immigration reform will stop her deportation from being necessary. According to the report, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has said it is still an open case, but, at the present time, its officials are not actively trying to remove the woman from the United States.
The deportation process can take a great deal of time and legal wrangling. It can also leave Maryland families and individuals in states of limbo as they wait for rulings or official actions pertaining to their cases. Anyone caught in a similar state of limbo or who has questions about the effects the immigration reform may have on his or her case may want to discuss his or her specific situation with a legal professional experienced in immigration matters.
Source: Fox News Latino, “Tucson residents start campaign in support of woman who took sanctuary in church”, Aalia Shaheed, Feb. 20, 2015