- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

DENVER (AP) - A Mexican man who is living in a Denver church basement has claimed sanctuary to avoid deportation.

First Unitarian Society of Denver on Sunday officially welcomed Arturo Hernandez Garcia, who is living in the United States illegally.

The Denver Post reports (https://tinyurl.com/nbj2avq) Garcia left his wife and two children and moved into the church basement on Tuesday.

The church has circulated petitions calling for immigration officials to drop Garcia’s deportation and plans to deliver them to federal officials this week.

U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement officials cited a policy Sunday of not pursuing people wanted for immigration violations into sensitive areas, including schools and churches, unless there is an immediate need or exception, such as national security or anti-terrorism enforcement.

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