Pregnant woman seeks deportation asylum in Chicago church

May 22, 2019 - 12:51 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — A pregnant woman is seeking asylum in a Chicago church after she says she received a deportation order and must leave the U.S.

WBEZ radio reported Tuesday that Adilene Marquina has a high-risk pregnancy and is afraid to travel back to Mexico. She is staying at the Faith, Life and Hope Mission on Chicago's Southwest Side. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a policy against making arrests in places of worship.

Marquina says she fled to the U.S. in 2015 seeking political asylum to escape paying extortion that drug cartels required to keep her business open. She says she waited four years for an immigration judge to deny her claim to remain in the U.S.

She now has until Thursday to leave. Her baby is due July 23.

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Information from: WBEZ-FM.

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