Three immigrants who have resided in houses of worship to avoid deportation were granted one-year stays of removal this week, a move faith-based immigrant rights advocates framed as a “Christmas gift” years in the making.
After over three years living in a Salt Lake City church to avoid being deported, Honduran immigrant Vicky Chavez stepped outside Thursday with tears in her eyes as church congregants and friends cheered, celebrating her newfound freedom.
After 3 1/2 years living inside a Missouri church to avoid deportation, Honduran immigrant Alex Garcia finally stepped outside Wednesday (Feb. 24), following a promise from President Joe Biden's administration to let him be.
Dozens of immigrants have taken sanctuary in churches as a last resort to stay in the country. Newly hopeful, they’re trying to capitalize on the moment, even with setbacks like a ruling blocking the Biden administration from enforcing its deportation moratorium.
The sanctuary of Grundy Baptist Church in southwest Virginia was destroyed Dec. 15 by a fire which also seriously damaged the church’s education building and parsonage. The structure, built by the 108-year-old church in the 1950s, is a total loss, fire officials said.
DELTAVILLE, Va. -- The sanctuary of Zoar Baptist Church in Deltaville, Va., was destroyed by a tornado that touched down at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16 -- just hours before the building would have been full of worshipers.