COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — For three years, Edith Espinal has been living in a sanctuary at a local church in Columbus, all while facing deportation.
But today, her lawyers say she’ll be able to go home, after negotiating an order of supervision with I.C.E. officials.
“She still has a final order of deportation, so her recent order has not been lifted. What I.C.E. has agreed to do, is allow her to go home and to check in periodically with them,” said attorney Lizbeth Mateo.
Mateo says while the deal grants Espinal the ability to move about freely, she’ll have to meet with I.C.E. on a monthly basis; and at the moment, they’re not sure how long this arrangement will be in place.
But for Espinal, this moment means everything to her.
“I know that things happen and I’m happy now to get my life back, thank you so much, thank you to all the community who’ve supported my family. But this is not over, we need to still fight,” said Espinal.
Espinal has been living in Columbus since 1995, and in that time has continually sought asylum.
Her attorneys now hope that under the new Biden administration, she’ll be able to obtain the right to stay.