Asylum Seekers Take Sanctuary In Austin Churches

March 19, 2019

AUSTIN, TEXAS — A pair of asylum seekers have taken sanctuary in Austin churches after being ordered to appear in court for deportation proceedings, officials said on Monday.

Hilda Ramirez and Alirio Gamez, having taken sanctuary in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and First Unitarian Universalist Church, were notified this week that their requests for an extension to deferred action on their deportations were denied "...without a valid explanation as to why," officials advocating on their behalf said.