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Rally Planned to Stop Deportation of LGBTQ Activist

Dozens will come to support Sulma Franco, who has been in sanctuary at an Austin church for months, as she submits paperwork at ICE San Antonio office

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, Sulma Franco, who has been taking sanctuary from deportation in the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin since June 11, will travel to San Antonio to submit her application for a stay of deportation in person.

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She will be accompanied by members of her community who support her right to remain in the United States, including clergy of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, Saint Andrews Presbyterian of Austin, and Texas UU Justice Ministry.

University Leadership Initiative, Grassroots Leadership, GetEQUAL, and other community organizations will also attend. Franco, an LGBT activist from Guatemala, was denied asylum in the United States after clerical errors were made by her lawyer, and she now faces deportation to certain harm in her country of origin.


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