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Aug 21, 2014 9:01 AM by Jeremy Thacker

Thousands of locals show support for woman in sanctuary

TUCSON - A Tucson attorney has submitted additional documents to the Acting Field Office Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations in Arizona in an effort to stop the deportation of Rosa Robles Loreto. Thursday's submission includes a "demonstration of extensive community support" for the office to grant a stay of removal for the wife and mother who is now in her third week of sanctuary at a Tucson church.

The submission includes letters signed by more than 450 local church members from Good Shepherd Church in Sahuarita, Most Holy Trinity Parish in Tucson, Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, and representatives from 10 congregations throughout the state of Arizona with Unitarian Universalist Justice Arizona. In addition to letters from faith communities in Arizona, more than 3,200 people have signed a petition directed at the Obama administration and Secretary Jeh Johnson has received more than 2,700 faxes and emails urging for Rosa Robles Loreto's deportation to be stayed.

Arizona ICE officials denied a stay of removal on Monday that would protect Robles Loreto from deportation and family separation.

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