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Tucson Sentinel.com
May 14, 2014

Tucson church gives sanctuary to undocumented man, family
By Paul Ingram

In March, President Obama ordered a review of current immigration policy, citing a "deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system" according to a White House statement. When Neyoy Ruiz's case began in 2011, the government filed removal orders for nearly 240,000 people, according to data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan research project supported by Syracuse University. In 2013, around 194,000 received notices to appear before an immigration court for removal from the United States. However, more than 90,000 were allowed to stay in the country through various forms of prosecutorial discretion. At the end of the meeting, Harrington asked the church to "lay hands" on the Neyoy Ruiz family and embrace them as part of their congregation. Tuesday night, the family planned to sleep on church grounds, protected by their new congregation and waiting for the government to answer their prayers.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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