A woman with a deportation order has opted to seek sanctuary in a New Haven church instead of boarding a plane back to Guatemala, her lawyer said Thursday.
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 a statement sent on behalf of the law firm representing her Thursday evening said she had chosen to "seek refuge in a local church."
New Haven identifies as a sanctuary city, signifying municipal resistance to federal immigration enforcement.
Religious and community leaders held a press conference...