COLUMBUS (WCMH) — An immigrant woman who has been living in sanctuary in a northwest Columbus church for nearly three months will be leaving the church after she received a reprieve from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
According to a press release, she is the first person claiming sanctuary in Ohio to be granted legal relief from ICE, along with documents to provide a pathway for her to obtain legal status. The woman, only identified under the pseudonym Angelica, has been staying at the Just North United Church of Christ since Oct. 29, 2018. Now, she can return to her family without fear of deportation.
“We are filled with joy to tell this sanctuary success story and encourage other residents and communities of faith to stay strong in hope and pursue justice for their neighbors,” Rev. Eric Williams of Just North United Church of Christ said. “While so many today are divided and hurting, we and many others are unified in offering sanctuary as an act of faith and love.”
The church will be hosting an event to celebrate Angelica’s victory Sunday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m.