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Seeking Sanctuary In The Face Of Deportation


The following is an excerpt from Brit Mccandless | May 21, 2017 | CBSNews.com |

Nineteen years ago, Lupita Arreola left Mexico and came to Arizona to live with her sisters and brothers. Fleeing her violent husband, Arreola brought her five children with her. She sold tamales door-to-door so her daughter, Erika, could graduate from Arizona State University, and she has no criminal record.

One month ago, she faced deportation back to Mexico.

"She just got a letter … asking her to show up to ICE," says Arreola's daughter, Erika Andiola. "And it states that the reason for her to show up is for removal for deportation."

To avoid deportation, Arreola might have to take refuge in a church. This week on 60 Minutes, correspondent Scott Pelley reports on these types of sanctuaries, as some religious institutions help drive a national protest movement against ICE policies. More than 800 places of worship have volunteered to shelter illegal immigrants who face deportation and their families — double the number since the 2016 election. They join the more than 600 cities and counties that have declared themselves sanctuaries — ordering their police not to detain people solely because of their immigration status.

Arreola found herself considering sanctuary because of a change in immigration policy. Every year since 2013, ICE gave her an "order of supervision," requiring her to check in annually and, until this point, deferring her deportation. But things have changed with the Trump administration.

Though President Trump says he's prioritizing violent criminal immigrants when it comes to deportation, ICE has begun detaining undocumented people with no criminal records. According to ICE, 11,000 people without criminal records have been detained so far — twice as many as last year.

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