On May 31, 2017, Juana Luz Tobar Ortega took sanctuary in a Greensboro, North Carolina church rather than have her family torn apart by deportation. She is one of nine people currently in sanctuary in the U.S. and the first case in recent history in North Carolina.
The goal, however, is not to remain in the church forever, and it is up to the community to do everything in our power to ensure that Juana can stay with her family and get a chance to resolve her immigration status.
Instead of getting on a plane to Guatemala as she was ordered to do by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Juana Luz Tobar Ortega instead entered sanctuary at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Greensboro, NC. The church’s vestry voted unanimously to shelter her rather than allow her to be separated from her family.
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