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Immigrant mom living in church wins reprieve to stay in US

January 15, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An immigrant mother who lived in a Philadelphia church for two months to avoid deportation has been granted temporary permission to stay in the U.S.

Supporters of Angela Navarro (nah-VAHR’-oh) said Thursday her removal order was suspended for two years.

The Honduras native illegally entered the United States as a teen. Immigration authorities ordered her to leave more than 10 years ago, but she stayed.

Navarro is now married to an American citizen and has two U.S.-born children.

Navarro sought refuge Nov. 18 at West Kensington Ministry, vowing not to leave until the order was lifted. Authorities generally don’t pursue enforcement actions in places of worship.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say they used prosecutorial discretion in granting the reprieve.

Navarro plans to move out of the church Saturday.

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