Stay of deportation rejected
Story by Gregg McQueen
She’s been denied.
Amanda Morales-Guerra, the Guatemalan immigrant seeking refuge at Holyrood Church in Washington Heights as she seeks to avoid deportation, has been denied in her request for asylum, her lawyer said.
The 33-year-old Morales-Guerra took sanctuary at Holyrood in mid-August along with her three young children.
She has been backed by a host of elected officials and community groups who have vowed to protect her.
After attorney Geoff Kagan Trenchard, who is assisting Morales-Guerra through the legal clinic of New Sanctuary Coalition NYC, delivered the asylum request to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on August 21, the agency granted a 90-day window to review Morales-Guerra’s case.
However, an ICE agent called to advise that the agency planned to reject the stay of deportation, Kagan Trenchard reported via email.
Read more: Request Denied | Manhattan Times
First refuge, now small reprieve | Manhattan Times
Told to Go Back to Guatemala, She Sought Sanctuary Instead | NY Times
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