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26 Jul. 2017
Rosa Sabido stares out a church window pondering her... more
26 Jul. 2017
Rosa Sabido stares out a church window pondering her future and worrying about her ailing mother. For nearly two months since taking sanctuary at the United Methodist Church in Mancos, a small town in the mountains of southwest Colorado, Sabido, 53, has lived in a cramped room with a makeshift shower. Sabido leaves her room to use the toilet, or stretch her legs in the garden, or attend worship services, but if she steps off church property she risks arrest by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Sabido has been battling to stay in the United States for most of the last 30 years after crossing the border illegally from Mexico. In 2002, a judge ordered her to leave the country under a "voluntary deportation" order, a decision she appealed through a succession of courts and lost at every point. Since 2011, ICE has granted her one-year deportation stays that allowed her to stay in the country, but when she applied for another one last April it was denied. Sabido is out of legal options, but she is determined not to leave. "I will plea, I will cry, I will ask to whomever to let me stay by my mom," she said in an interview with Reuters at the church. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "NICHOLSON CHURCH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: USA-IMMIGRATION/SANCTUARY
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