Family From Honduras now Staying in Columbus Church

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--A family from Honduras is now staying in a Columbus church, getting sanctuary while the US considers their application for asylum.

Leaders of the Just North United Church of Christ say the family is getting food, shelter, and medical care. They arrived in the US shortly before the Trump administration announced the rules regarding seeking asylum.

Those who go through a neighboring country and arrive in the US can no longer seek asylum, without first seeking asylum in Mexico or Canada.

The family at the Columbus church spent 90 days walking through Mexico to get to the US. The church is protecting the family's identity, saying they fled violent gangs in their home country.

They're getting help from the larger faith community that has also been supporting Edith Espinal, Miriam Vargas, and other people avoiding deportation by taking sanctuary in local churches.

(photo courtesy ABC-6)

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