Columbus mother facing deportation allowed to go home


A Columbus mother of three, who was living at a church to avoid deportation, got some good news Wednesday.

Edith Espinal, 39, voluntarily appeared before the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE, and was not detained. Instead, she was allowed to go home.

Espinal has three children. Two were born here, the other is not a U.S. citizen.

Members of the Mennonite church have harbored her in an effort to provide safe sanctuary. Places of worship are considered off limits for ICE to round up illegal immigrants.

Her attorney says ICE is allowing Espinal to stay in the U.S. for now. However, her attorney says she will file what is called a stay within two weeks to argue why Espinal should remain in the U.S.

Through an interpreter, Espinal says she's hopeful she can remain here.

"I'm going to go back home because that's the agreement that we made and I'd like to work with them so they can work with me as well," she said.

In the meantime, ICE is requiring her to wear an ankle monitor which allows the government to track her movements.

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