For the last 11 months, Javier Flores Garcia, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, who has mostly lived in the United States since 1997, avoided deportation by taking sanctuary in a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, he stepped out for the first time no longer afraid that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency would detain him.
Flores took refuge at the Arch Street United Methodist Church soon after President Donald Trump was elected, afraid that the new president would immediately act to deport all undocumented immigrants. At the time, he had a deportation order back to Mexico for the following day, after he had come back into the country nine times. Each time he came back to reunite with his family.
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