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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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Life as an Undocumented Immigrant in Columbus

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Life as an Undocumented Immigrant in Columbus

Right now, there are about 48 undocumented immigrants in sanctuary across the country. Several are in Ohio. One, Edith Espinal, is here in Columbus. Since October 10, 2017 — her deportation date — Espinal has been under virtual house arrest at Columbus Mennonite Church (CMC) in Clintonville. As a place of worship, CMC is considered […]

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