Immigrant Family Receives Sanctuary in a Church Days Before Deportation


Immigrant Family Receives Sanctuary in a Church Days Before Deportation
  1. Immigrant Family Receives Sanctuary in a Church Days Before Deportation
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    A Mexican family scheduled to be deported on Thursday has been granted sanctuary by a suburban Cleveland church. Leonora Garcia and her four American-born children are now living in an apartment above the church. “I want to stay here for my family, because I love my family," Garcia said, briefly addressing a small crowd on the steps of Forest Hill Presbyterian Church . Garcia was living and working in Akron as an undocumented immigrant since 2004. Then Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, …
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A Mexican family scheduled to be deported on Thursday has been granted sanctuary by a suburban Cleveland church.  Leonora Garcia and her four American-born children are now living in an apartment above the church.

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“I want to stay here for my family, because I love my family," Garcia said, briefly addressing a small crowd on the steps of Forest Hill Presbyterian Church.

Garcia was living and working in Akron as an undocumented immigrant since 2004. Then Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, or ICE,  told her she would have to be deported. Garcia's husband was deported in 2011. Now she’s moved into a small apartment above the church in Cleveland Heights.

Pastor John Lentz isn't sure whether his congregation will be able to take in more families in the future, but he expressed hope that other faith communities would follow their example.

“My hope is that other faith communities will rise up … (and) that other churches and synagogues and mos…

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