BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– After years of seeking refuge in churches, Ingrid Encalda LaTorre of Peru has been granted a one-year “stay of removal” by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She received a letter this week informing her of the decision.

Ingrid Encalda LaTorre (credit: CBS)

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She has been living in what is called a “sanctuary” since 2016. Most recently she has been living at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Boulder.

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Previously, was ordered deported to Peru for using a fake Social Security number, but she chose to take refuge in churches where she believed ICE would not enter.

“It’s a step, not an ending, but a new beginning and there is still a great deal of work to be done,” said one supporter.

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LaTorre will now live freely during the stay of removal.

Jennifer McRae