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Norwalk Woman Facing Deportation Seeks Refuge In New Haven Church

Norwalk Woman Facing Deportation Seeks Refuge In New Haven Church

A Norwalk mother facing deportation to Guatemala Thursday took refuge inside a New Haven church, setting off a possible confrontation between a city that supports immigrants and federal immigration authorities.

Nury Chavarria, 43, has lived in the United States for 24 years after escaping the violence and economic turmoil in her home country of Guatemala.

Chavarria was slated to be deported on Thursday, but in the afternoon took refuge with her daughter at Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal church in the Fair Haven section of the city.

New Haven identifies as a sanctuary city, signifying municipal resistance to federal immigration enforcement.

"We have opened the...

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