Trump Administration Rescinds Immoral Fine of Ohio-Based Immigrant Mother of Three 

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October 22, 2019

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Trump Administration Rescinds Immoral Fine of Ohio-Based Immigrant Mother of Three 

 

Columbus, OH --  On October 22nd, Edith Espinal, an immigrant mother of three who has lived in sanctuary to avoid deportation for two years at Columbus Mennonite Church, learned that the $497,777 fine levied against her by ICE this year has been rescinded.

 

On July 1, Espinal received a notice from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that charged her with a violation of Section 274d of the Immigration and Nationality Act and ordered her to pay the exorbitant sum. 

 

Espinal has been in publicly known sanctuary longer than any other immigrant in Ohio. In recent months, U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty introduced a bill to grant Espinal deportation relief. Her case could potentially determine how similar cases of sanctuary are handled in Ohio and across the nation. 

 

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