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June 11, 2018

Immigrant Justice

Woman who sought sanctuary in Springfield church to return home

One of the three people seeking sanctuary to avoid deportation in western Massachusetts has been granted a reprieve. The Peruvian woman who has been living in a Springfield church walked …

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June 11, 2018

Immigrant obtains temporary permission after taking refuge in church 4 months

The Pioneer Valley Project and members of the Southern Congregational Church in Springfield announced Monday that Gisella Collazo will be allowed to return to her home in Springfield while seeking …

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June 11, 2018

Immigrant Justice

Woman taking sanctuary in Springfield church granted stay of removal

“A Stay of Removal is among the courses of action that the Field Operations Director of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations has as an option that can be used at …

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June 11, 2018

Immigrant Justice

Woman Taking Sanctuary At Springfield, Mass., Church Granted One-Year Stay

Gisella Collazo is the mother of two American children and the wife of an American citizen. Collazo arrived in the U.S. from Peru in 2001. Facing a deportation order, she …

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June 11, 2018

Immigrant Justice

Immigrant Leaves Sanctuary At Springfield Church After ICE Grants A Reprieve

Rev. Tom Gerstenlauer, the senior pastor at South Congregational, said what the church did was an act of faith in the face of injustice. ” We remain a community of …

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June 11, 2018

Immigrant Justice

Peruvian woman ends sanctuary at Springfield church; granted 1 year stay without deportation

The news was announced Monday by the Pioneer Valley Project and members of the South Congregational Church in a press conference at the Maple Street church. Collazo, a native of …

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