U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

ICE Says Woman Who Fled To New Haven Church Is A Fugitive

ICE Says Woman Who Fled To New Haven Church Is A Fugitive

Federal immigration agents consider the undocumented Norwalk woman who took refuge in a church to avoid deportation to be a fugitive, but it's unlikely they'll enter the church to take her into custody.

Instead of boarding a flight back to her native Guatemala — as instructed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement — Nury Chavarria headed to the Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal church in the city's Fair Haven section.

"Since she did not depart as instructed, she is currently an ICE fugitive," Khaalid H. Walls, a spokesman for the agency, said in an email Friday.

But ICE policy dictates immigration agents to avoid enforcement activities at places like schools,...

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