Colorado immigrant defies ICE, takes sanctuary in church again

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Ingrid Latorre was expecting to be interviewed Tuesday, but it was not expected to be in Fort Collins.

A rally was planned at Denver International Airport for Latorre’s flight to Peru, but early Tuesday, she elected to go into sanctuary after hearing the cries from her children.

“We don’t want to separate,” Latorre said. “I decided to go back to my country, but my son told me he don’t want to go back to Peru.”

Now Latorre and her children are calling Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins home.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement discourages agents from making immigration-related arrests inside churches.

On Tuesday night, ICE called Latorre a fugitive, saying her criminal record of forged documents as well as being “illegally present” in the U.S. for 15 years makes her a priority for removal.

Latorre’s story has attracted international attention. In May, she left a Denver church after living in sanctuary.

At that point, ICE gave her a brief stay of removal so she could fight her legal case.

But after losing in court and being denied a pardon from Gov. John Hickenlooper, Latorre said her only choice was sanctuary.

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