Maplewood church provides sanctuary to undocumented immigrant

Alex Garcia and his family.

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Rep. Cori Bush (D-Missouri) introduced a bill to provide permanent legal residency to Alex Garcia.

Garcia, who was born in Honduras, has been living in sanctuary at a Maplewood church for more than three years. He took refuge in the Christ Church after the Trump administration denied his petition for a Stay of Removal. He has five children with his wife, Carly, a U.S. citizen, and has called Poplar Bluff home since 2004.

On Monday, Bush introduced a bill that would provide permanent protection for Garcia to leave the church without fear of being deported. Garcia is one of about 50 undocumented immigrants who live in sanctuary at churches across the country.

"I never realized the damage our policies have done till I met Alex and his amazing family. I have never met a kinder, more, more deserving man. He is a gift to us all. He is a gift to all of us in this country he calls home," said Bush during a press conference Monday.

"I am so glad she [Bush] is introducing a private bill that will allow my husband to stay because existing laws have failed us over and over again. The outdated and unjust immigration laws, forced my family separation. We've been living in this cycle of trauma, for the last three and a half years. And it has felt unbearable. My babies cry for their father, and seeing my husband, unable to meet their needs because he can't leave the church," said Carly Garcia, Alex's wife.

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