Sanctuary stories: Minerva Garcia gets her green card

**Originally posted a Facebook embed, but Minerva had to take it down or un-publish it, and I can (unfortunately) Imagine why.**

Read her story below the fold:

Garcia, who doesn't have a criminal record, entered the U.S. from Mexico in 2000, looking to escape her violence-plagued community and for better educational opportunities for her son, Eduardo, who is blind.

In 2013, Garcia was given a stay of removal by ICE due to Eduardo’s needs. But at her annual check-in with ICE on May 25, 2017, she was ordered to leave the country by June 30. However, an immigration judge vacated the deportation order, allowing her to work on citizenship papers.

For reasons unknown, ICE started a new case against Garcia in November 2017. Her appeal of that case would finally be heard by another federal immigration judge on Thursday.

Oh, we all know what the reason is, he's been stinking up the White House since a few months before ICE did a complete turnaround and started hounding her.

Garcia, of Winston-Salem, had taken refuge at Congregational United as a last resort against deportation for being in the country illegally. Other churches supported her, but were unable to meet building codes to house her three sons, two of whom were younger than 10.

Congregational United had been prepared to give Garcia sanctuary when she needed it. The church converted offices into bedrooms with three twin beds. The family brought along the pet goldfish. "We did what we were supposed to be doing," Peeples explained. "We really felt led by God to do this."

"(Garcia) looked like she was crying," recalled the Rev. Julie Peeples of Congregational United, who had made the trip for the hearing. "My first thought was no! Then her lawyer came out and shouted, 'She's free!'"

Garcia was granted permanent residency, which means she has the right to live in the the country indefinitely. She will receive a "green card," which is a photo ID that proves her status.

This is fantastic news, but unfortunately, it's all too rare.