An undocumented immigrant mother has fled into the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia with her four children, declaring sanctuary in an effort to avoid a deportation to Mexico that she says could get them killed.
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It is the second time since Donald Trump’s election that a person or family has sought protection from immigration authorities by moving into a Philadelphia church.
Carmela Apolonio Hernandez, 36, had been ordered to leave the United States by Dec. 15, following denial of the family’s petition for asylum. She spent eight days knocking on the doors of churches in South Jersey and Pennsylvania before being welcomed at the Advocate, famous for its strong stance on civil rights.
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