Illegal immigrant lived 3 years in a church to dodge deportation, may get to stay

Illegal immigrant lived 3 years in a church to dodge deportation, may get to stay


An illegal Honduran immigrant spent three years inside a Missouri church to avoid deportation — and may now get to stay in the country thanks to a freshman Democrat congresswoman.

Alex Garcia, a married father of five who crossed the border illegally in 2004, sought refuge in the United Church of Christ in Maplewood after being denied a one-year reprieve from deportation in 2017.

“I miss spending time with my family outside of the church walls,” Garcia told Fox 5 News. “It has been hard for me watching my babies grown and learn without me.”

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Garcia, who is married to a US citizen, had been given two temporary reprieves from immigration officials dating to 2015 — but his most recent bid was denied.

On Monday, US Rep. Cori Bush introduced legislation that would allow Garcia to avoid getting deported back to Central America.

The bill, a type of legislation known as a “private bill” designed to provide assistance to

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