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Facing deportation, mother of 3 granted sanctuary in Bethesda church

Rosa Gutierrez Lopez, 40, who fled from El Salvador in 2005, was ordered by immigration officials to return to her native country last week. Her three children, ages 11, 9 and 6, were all born in the United States. Lopez was granted sanctuary in a Bethesda, Maryland, church. “The reason I took sanctuary is because I love my children and do not want to leave my country,” Gutierrez Lopez said, through an interpreter. “I want to fight from here.”

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