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Immigration Law

Private Bill Filed for Colorado Woman Living in Sanctuary

Jim Mimiaga, Durango Herald, Aug. 24, 2021

"A private immigration bill introduced in the U.S. Congress this month by Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Boulder, would provide legal U.S. residency for Rosa Sabido, a Mexican national from Cortez who has been living in sanctuary at the Mancos United Methodist Church for more than four years. House Resolution 4936, introduced in the House of Representatives on Aug. 3, would allow Sabido to be eligible for an immigration visa and permanent U.S. residency and would rescind an outstanding deportation order. Sabido has lived in Montezuma County for 32 years and was granted sanctuary by the church in 2017 after a stay of deportation was denied. The former local church secretary and popular food vendor fought for decades to gain residency, but has not been successful. She was granted a stay of deportation six times, before being denied and ordered to leave the country by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Church sanctuary protects against deportation. ... The bill, titled “HR 4936 For the Relief of Rosa Aurora Sabido-Valdivia,” was referred to the Immigration and Citizen Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. It requires a companion bill to be sponsored by a U.S. senator, which has not happened yet. ... Sabido said in past interviews that she has worked tirelessly toward residency and citizenship for decades, submitted piles of paperwork and attending required immigration appointments. Her sanctuary status and immigration story has garnered attention of the national and international media, including the BCC, The Washington Post, Reuters, Univision and The Los Angeles Times. “A true injustice has happened to one of our community members, Rosa Sabido, and I hope that with this private bill, we can right the wrongs of our immigration system and help her safely live in the place she calls home,” said Cortez Mayor Pro-Tem Rachel Medina, in the news release. ... For more information about Sabido’s story, visit rosabelongshere.org"