A Mexican woman has been given sanctuary at a Chicago Church after she received deportation orders to leave the United States by May 23.
Adilene Marquina is 34 and her pregnancy is high-risk. Therefore, she is afraid to travel back to Mexico and so is fending off deportation by seeking protection at the Faith, Life and Hope Mission, according to WBEZ Radio in Chicago.
In front of camera’s, Marquina held her belly while crying, begging federal immigration officials not to deport her.
Marquina told WBEZ that she fled Mexico to the United States to seek political asylum in 2015. She said she couldn’t afford to keep paying extortion money to the local drug cartel in exchange for allowing her to keep her family business open.
When the cartel cut off her ex-partner’s finger, she fled to Chicago.
Her American children
Marquina has two American children, a 16 year-old-son and 3-year-old son born in Chicago. She also has a 14-year-old son who was born in Mexico and has applied for U.S. asylum.
She waited for four years before a judge denied her asylum claim. Marquina is now afraid to be separated from her three sons, and possibly lose the daughter she carries inside her during travel. The baby is due at the end of July.
Through tears, Marquina told WBEZ, “They don’t care about my daughter’s life. They couldn’t even be bothered to look at the documents that say I can’t travel.”
The pastor of the church said Marquina has a legitimate political claim and will continue to fight her case.
Even though there are no U.S. laws regarding the practice of churches offering sanctuary, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has a policy against making arrests in places of worship.
Includes reporting by The Associated Press.