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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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Council Passes Resolution Supporting Undocumented Immigrants in Sanctuary

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Council Passes Resolution Supporting Undocumented Immigrants in Sanctuary

It’s a symbolic gesture, but Columbus City Council has passed a resolution in support of two undocumented residents currently in sanctuary. The resolution, introduced and passed on Monday, Feb. 25, recognizes the economic and social impact of immigrants on Columbus and calls on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to handle the cases of Edith […]

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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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Columbus Stands with Families in Sanctuary

Anne Evans Anne Evans Columbus Stands with Families in Sanctuary

Edith Espinal has been making headlines on NPR, the Guardian, the New Republic, and through her TEDx talk for her courageous fight against deportation. Now it’s your turn to hear the real story of what it’s like to live under threat of deportation from Edith and other immigrants living in sanctuary in Columbus, Ohio. Join […]

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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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In a Fusion of Faith and Political Struggle, Sanctuary Becomes a Movement

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega In a Fusion of Faith and Political Struggle, Sanctuary Becomes a Movement

As the discourse around immigration reform changes daily, Edith Espinal’s own pending citizenship continues to hang in the balance. The undocumented mother of three has been confined to her sanctuary at Columbus Mennonite Church (CMC) in Clintonville since October 2017, when a judge denied her asylum case and issued an order for her deportation. Espinal […]

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