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Edith Espinal Heads Home After Three Years in Sanctuary

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Edith Espinal Heads Home After Three Years in Sanctuary

After three years in sanctuary, Edith Espinal’s application for stay of removal has been granted. The stay of removal prevents the Department of Homeland Security from acting on their deportation orders, however Espinal’s case is not over, said Espinal’s attorney Lizbeth Mateo. Espinal was granted an order of supervision and will have to check in […]

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Undocumented Immigrants in Sanctuary Ask ICE for Stays of Removal

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Undocumented Immigrants in Sanctuary Ask ICE for Stays of Removal

After seeking sanctuary in Columbus churches for several years, undocumented immigrants Edith Espinal and Miriam Vargas may soon return home to their families. Following the Biden administration’s decision to pause deportations for some non-citizens for 100 days, Espinal and Vargas are applying for stays of removal to prevent the Department of Homeland Security from acting […]

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Columbus Sanctuary Short at Tribeca Film Festival

Hope Madden Hope Madden Columbus Sanctuary Short at Tribeca Film Festival

“All we need is one case.” A timely look at tenacity, self-sacrifice and the power of community, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci’s documentary short The Undocumented Lawyer brings Columbus activism to the Tribeca Film Festival. This year’s program screens virtually through April 26. California attorney Lizbeth Mateo is the subject of the film, an organizer […]

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Edith Espinal Denied for Stay of Removal

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Edith Espinal Denied for Stay of Removal

Editors note: This article and its headline has been updated to include ICE’s decision to deny Espinal’s application for Stay of Removal on Thursday, Aug. 29. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has denied Edith Espinal’s application for a Stay of Removal. The application would have halted Espinal’s deportation order, allowing her to go home while she […]

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Undocumented | Edith Espinal Fights to Remain With her Family in Ohio

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Undocumented | Edith Espinal Fights to Remain With her Family in Ohio

Edith Espinal, an undocumented resident of Columbus who’s been in sanctuary at Columbus Mennonite Church, marked her 500th day in sanctuary on Valentine’s Day. Living inside a church, unable to leave for groceries, a date with her husband, or to visit her son when he was in the hospital last year has taken a toll […]

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East Columbus Church Offers Sanctuary to Local Mother and Children

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega East Columbus Church Offers Sanctuary to Local Mother and Children

It was last summer that Mayor Andrew Ginther and Columbus City Council declared Ohio’s capital a sanctuary city. Today, as it was announced that a second undocumented immigrant has entered sanctuary, the city is starting to live up to its name. Miriam Vargas, originally from Honduras, has lived in Columbus for the last 13 years. […]

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Columbus Turns Out for Families Separated at the Border

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Columbus Turns Out for Families Separated at the Border

It’s a beautiful day for a protest. That’s good news for those taking part in the nationwide action planned for Saturday, June 30, dubbed the Families Belong Together march. The local version took place at the Statehouse on Saturday morning, with a crowd of hundreds pouring into Capitol Square in the 90 degree heat. They […]

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