DENVER (AP) — A Mexican man who is living in a Denver church basement to avoid a deportation order says he is afraid to leave because he does not know if he is covered by President Obama’s executive order.
Arturo Hernandez says new federal policies announced Thursday will probably protect his wife and children but he is worried a deportation order against him will still be carried out.
Hernandez and his family came to the United States on a tourist visa in 1999 and stayed after Hernandez got work as a contractor.
Hernandez has spent the past month at the First Unitarian Society of Denver. Immigration officials say they do not pursue people wanted for immigration violations into sensitive areas like churches unless they have committed serious crimes.
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