Immigrant receives church sanctuary to avoid deportation
Posted August 8
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A native of Ecuador living in Connecticut has become the second person this summer to take sanctuary inside a New Haven church to avoid deportation.
Marco Reyes Alverez entered the U.S. illegally in 1997 and has been living in Meriden. The father of three was supposed to board a plane to Ecuador on Tuesday but instead took refuge inside the First and Summerfield United Methodist Church.
His supporters say a family member was recently murdered in Ecuador and he fears for his life if he returns.
Last month, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials agreed to reconsider the case of a woman who's been living in Norwalk after she took sanctuary inside New Haven's Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal church rather than board a plane for Guatemala.
This story has been corrected to show the man's name is Marco Reyes Alverez, not Marco Reyes, and the U.S. agency is Immigration and Customs Enforcement, not Customs and Immigration.