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Jesus Berrones walks with his son, Jayden, toward the chapel where he is receiving refuge at Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in Phoenix.

Federal authorities have granted Jesus Berrones, an undocumented father of five whose story has garnered international attention, a one-year stay on humanitarian grounds. Read more»

Rev. Allison Harrington blows out a candle as part of a ceremony marking the church's entry into a larger sanctuary movement that has pledged to protect unauthorized immigrants from deportation by U.S. immigration authorities following the election of Donald Trump.

Leaders from 19 Southern Arizona congregations agreed to defend refugees and unauthorized immigrants from deportation, bucking the Trump administration's apparent plan to immediately deport 2-3 million people. The local faith leaders have joined a larger movement involving more than 700 religious congregations nationwide. Read more»

Rosa Robles Loreto with her family and attorney, as supporters held a prayer meeting as she left Southside Presbyterian Church, where she took refuge from a deportation order 461 days ago.

Surrounded by a packed house of supporters and reporters in a Tucson chapel, Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto thanked her family, her lawyer and advocates for helping her endure 461 days of sanctuary as she avoided deportation at Southside Presbyterian Church. Read more» 2

Rosa Robles Loreto, her family and supporters at the end of a vigil at Southside Presbyterian Church Friday marking the one-year anniversary when she took refuge at the church from a deportation order.

One year after entering a Tucson church to avoid being deported, an immigrant woman and the community that supports her marked the anniversary. In a small room at a South Tucson church, Rosa Robles Loreto counts the things she's missed: The birthdays of her two sons. Their baseball games, too numerous to count. Her anniversary with her husband. Read more»

Daniel Neyoy Ruiz

Immigration officials have extended the stay of a Mexican illegal immigrant, Daniel Neyoy Ruiz, who went into sanctuary last week at a Midtown Tucson church to protect himself from deportation. Read more»

Rosa Robles Loreto has spent six months waiting for relief from her voluntary departure order which expired Aug. 8.

Rosa Robles Loreto has waited for six months for immigration officials to offer a stay of deportation order, living in sanctuary in a Tucson church. She has been anchored to a small room on the grounds of Southside Presbyterian Church, spending her days and nights there because the church is a safe harbor. Read more»

Members of the Immigrant Youth Justice League

Advocacy around immigration reform continues to gain momentum, with bipartisan groups in Congress and President Barack Obama pushing to fix our nation’s immigration system and provide a road map to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in our country. Read more»

A mural painted on the main office building of Casa San Juan.

While Tucson officials today say they do not consider the city a designated place of sanctuary, human rights work continues the path of the Sanctuary Movement through local organizations. Read more»