Immigrants In Sanctuary In Churches Hope Biden Offers Relief

Maria Macario pauses as she talks about her family during an interview at the First Parish church, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, in Bedford, Mass. For three years, Macario has been too afraid to leave the confines of the church, which she moved in to avoid deportation, spending most of her time in a converted Sunday school classroom stocked with a hot plate, mini-fridge, TV and single bed. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(AP) — Dozens of immigrants from Massachusetts to Colorado who have taken sanctuary as a last resort to stay in the U.S. are newly hopeful under President Joe Biden. They’re trying to capitalize on the moment, even with setbacks like a Texas court ruling on deportations and uncertainty over whether Congress will pursue immigration reform.

Those who have taken sanctuary have enlisted lawmakers to reach out to Biden for relief, pushing to cancel deportation orders and reviving the use of legislation to protect a person or group.

Four sanctuary activists have sued the federal government. One woman in Chicago temporarily left her storefront church.


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