Guatemalan Mother Spends 1st Month in Church ‘Living in Agony’ | Voices of NY

By Edwin Martínez – Source: El Diario/La Prensa | Translated by K. Casiano from Spanish Original story

Amanda Morales-Guerra, with her son David, at Holyrood Church, has spent one month in sanctuary to request a solution to her immigration situation. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Amanda Morales-Guerra, with her son David, at Holyrood Church, has spent one month in sanctuary to request a solution to her immigration situation. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

On Sunday, Amanda Morales-Guerra, the Guatemalan mother who decided to take shelter in Washington Heights’ Holyrood Church with her three children to avoid deportation, marked one month of being locked inside the temple. Political and religious leaders, activists and her attorneys continue to fight to try to persuade immigration authorities to reconsider their refusal to reopen the Central American-born immigrant’s case, but she is beginning to lose patience.

The 33-year-old admitted this to El Diario, and once again called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to give her a chance to stay in the country where she has lived for the last 14 years and where her three children – Dulce, 10, Daniela, 7, and David, 2 – were born.

“This month has been really hard for me. I am honestly desperate from being in here. I walk up and down the church all day praying to God to give me hope, because I am not sure how much longer I will be able to take this,” she said, afflicted. “Please, I ask immigration to reopen my case and see that I am not a criminal, because I want to feel free again and give my children their freedom back as well.”

Read more: Guatemalan Mother Spends 1st Month in Church ‘Living in Agony’ | Voices of NY

Related:

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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