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Emma, a grandmother in sanctuary

Emma, a grandmother in sanctuary

Emma, a grandmother who has lived in the U.S. for 26 years, became the first person to take sanctuary in a place of worship in New Mexico.

In March 2017, Emma took sanctuary at the Albuquerque Friends Meeting House, fearing she would be detained and deported if she showed up for her routine check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—a situation that more and more immigrants are facing under the Trump administration. "Seeing that they detain a lot of people when they go to their appointments, there is fear and a feeling of helplessness in the country," Emma said.

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