Faith Leaders Attend ICE Check-in on Behalf of Edith Espinal


December 16, 2019


Michelle Nealy,, (202) 735-7123

Dan Clark,, (614) 648-3663


Faith Leaders Attend ICE Check-in on Behalf of Edith Espinal


Columbus, OH --  On Tuesday, December 17th, at 9 a.m., faith and community leaders will gather to show solidarity and support for immigrant mother of three, Edith Espinal. Espinal has been ordered to report to ICE for deportation this Tuesday, December 17th at 10 a.m. Rather than comply, Espinal will be sending several clergy in her place. Faith leaders will gather with her to send a strong message of solidarity with Edith and her family.


Two months after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rescinded fines ranging between $300,000 - $500,000 against seven women living in sanctuary in churches across the country, ICE has sent letters threatening renewal of the civil fines and potential criminal prosecution. Until now the only thing preventing ICE from carrying out an enforcement action at a place of worship has been a “sensitive locations” memorandum issued years ago.


Despite these new heightened attacks, sanctuary leaders and the congregations that support them are determined to defend the most sacred pillars of our faith and our shared belief in justice. 



Faith leaders and community leaders gather in prayerful support of Edith Espinal at 9 a.m. before heading to an ICE meeting at 10 a.m.


Tuesday, December 17th, at 9 a.m.



Columbus Mennonite Church at 9 a.m.

35 Oakland Park Ave.

Columbus, OH 43214


Immigration Customs and Enforcement Office at 10 a.m.

50 W. Broad St.

Columbus, OH 43215



Pastor Joel Miller, Columbus Mennonite Church

Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart, First Unitarian Universalist Church

Esther Flores, 1 Divine Line 2 Health

Rev. Dan Clark, Faith in Public Life

Faith leaders and community members




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