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Francisco Perez Cordova with lawyer Margo Cowan and one of his children during a meeting at St. Francis of the Foothills after he was accepted into sanctuary at the north Tucson church.

Immigration officials have refused to grant Francisco Perez Cordova a stay of deportation despite his being the father of five U.S. citizens. He remains in sanctuary at a Tucson church. Read more»

Rosa Robles Loreto, her husband Gerardo and their youngest son, Jose Emiliano watch President Obama's speech on Thursday at Southside Presbyterian Church.

While President Obama pressed Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform during a speech in Las Vegas on Thursday, attorney Margo Cowan was planning new legal pathways to blunt deportation orders for the two people now in sanctuary at Tucson churches. Read more»

More than 100 people at Southside Presbyterian watched the president's speech along with Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto and her family.

President Obama's announcement of new guidelines for immigration enforcement means that two people who sought sanctuary in Tucson churches while facing deportation have new hope that they won't have to leave their families behind. Francisco Perez Cordoba and Rosa Robles Loreto watched the speech, surrounded by parishioners at their churches. Read more» 1

Obama speaks on immigration Thursday night.

Obama to undocumented immigrants who fit certain criteria: "Here's the deal ... you'll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law ... It does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive." Read more»

Attorney Margo Cowan, Francisco Perez Cordova, and his wife Sarai Milla thank the congregation at St. Francis of the Foothills, where Cordova will seek sanctuary from deportation.

St. Francis of the Foothills is giving refuge to a Tucson man who has had a deportation order hanging over his head for months. For nearly a year, Francisco Perez Cordova has feared leaving his home. With a formal order of deportation hanging over his head, Cordova has worried that a drive to work or the grocery store could lead to his removal from the United States, separating the married father of five from his family. Read more» 1

Francisco Perez Cordova, his wife and five children listen as attorney Margo Cowan reads a letter to immigration officials asking to allow Cordova to stay in the country.

A third person may take refuge in a Tucson church if immigration officials do not accept his request for a stay of deportation on Wednesday. Francisco Perez Cordova will go into sanctuary at St. Francis in the Foothills on Thursday night unless authorities agreed to give him a stay of deportation and close his case. Read more»