Another immigrant goes to a sanctuary to prevent deporation

Marco Antonio Reyes Alvarez was supposed to get on a plane Tuesday morning to return to his native Ecuador as ordered by immigration officials. But instead the 45-year-old Meriden...

Marco Antonio Reyes Alvarez was supposed to get on a plane Tuesday morning to return to his native Ecuador as ordered by immigration officials. But instead the 45-year-old Meriden father went to a city church to seek sanctuary.

Reyes Alvarez entered the First and Summerfield United Methodist Church on College Street Tuesday morning. He exited the building briefly later in the day to address a crowd of supporters gathered outside.

“This morning, I was supposed to be at the airport at 7:45, but after speaking with my wife and children, I had the difficult decision to seek help and stay in this holy place,” Reyes Alvarez said in Spanish as he stood behind the church’s iron fence. His son-in-law, Bryan Martinez, translated his words to English.

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