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Immigrant Mom Living in Church Wins Reprieve to Stay in US

An immigrant mother who lived in a Philadelphia church for two months to avoid deportation has been granted a temporary reprieve to stay in the U.S.

Supporters of Angela Navarro said Thursday her removal order was suspended for two years.

Immigration authorities issued the order more than 10 years ago, when Navarro was 17. She had been picked up while illegally entering the United States from Honduras.

Navarro is now married to an American citizen and has two U.S.-born children.

Navarro sought refuge Nov. 18 at West Kensington Ministry, vowing not to leave until the order was lifted. Authorities generally don't pursue enforcement actions in places of worship.

Navarro's lawyer says immigration officials put a hold on her deportation Tuesday.

Navarro plans to move out of the church Saturday.

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