Immigrant family to leave Philly church sanctuary as ICE says they’re ‘not a priority’

PHILADELPHIA — An undocumented Mexican woman who has spent more than three years inside Philadelphia churches to avoid deportation is expected to leave sanctuary soon, after ICE officials confirmed she is no longer a priority for enforcement. Carmela Apolonio Hernandez and her four children intend to exit the Germantown Mennonite Church, and to live freely, while pursuing a particular visa that would allow them to live and work permanently in the United States, supporters said Tuesday. It represents a dramatic turn from enforcement under the Trump administration, when Hernandez was liable to b…

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