Guatemalan immigrant seeks sanctuary in Manhattan church | NY Daily News

Amanda Morales, left and her children Daniela Carvajal, second from left, Dulce Carvajal, right, and David Carvajal, foreground, are seen inside the Holyrood Church, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Morales who is originally from Guatemala and has lived without authorization in the U.S. since 2004 has taken sanctuary at the church. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — A Guatemalan immigrant with no authorization to live in the U.S. entered a church in Manhattan with her three children on Thursday to seek refuge from immigration authorities.

Amanda Morales, who has lived illegally in the U.S. since 2004, said she decided to seek sanctuary instead of showing up to her appointment with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Morales said ICE told her during her last appointment this month that she would be deported and needed to buy a one-way plane ticket to Guatemala.

“I am scared, but at the same time I feel safe here,” she said during a press conference at Holyrood Church, in the Washington Heights neighborhood.

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New Sanctuary Coalition volunteer Alice Strum Sutter, center, holds a sign as she watches a news conference for Amanda Morales at the Holyrood Church, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Morales who is originally from Guatemala and has lived without authorization in the U.S. since 2004 has taken sanctuary at the church. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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