Woman marks one year of sanctuary in Colorado church | KOB 4

Woman marks one year of sanctuary in Colorado church

Meg Hilling
May 22, 2018 07:07 PM

MANCOS, Colo. – Fear of deportation has forced one woman to go church.


For almost a year, the Mancos United Methodist Church has provided Rosa Sabido sanctuary and a home.

"I just came blindly but looking with the conviction that I will fight until the end," she said. "In that moment it was not easy. I didn't know if I was to pack for one week or if I had to pack up for a year."

When immigration services told Sabido last May her annual request for a stay of removal was being denied, she turned to the church for sanctuary. For almost a year, she has lived within the confines of this two-acre lot. Never crossing the sidewalk.

"I don't want to take that chance," Sabido said.

Life is a far cry from her old reality as a secretary with a Catholic Church and a tamale seller. But the church pastor's she can stay as long as she can.

"I knew Rosa before she came to the sanctuary, just through her food business. We are a small town,” Pastor Craig Paschal said. "Having no idea, how intertwined our lives would be one day."

Sabido's story is far from over. She now fights for change in immigration laws.

"It needed to be changed 30 years ago and now. Nothing has changed. It is easy to blame and blame and blame a person and blame another person. But it is the whole system that is broken," Sabido said. "We are decent people who are here to live, make a living and be productive and have something to offer to the community."

While her presence has not yet led to change in the immigration system, it has shaken her community.

"It's been very enlightening. Just like this whole world has opened up. Not only to me but our church and our community," Paschal said.

"We are here to stay," Sabido said.

On June 2, the community will hold a vigil at the church to mark Sabido's first year of sanctuary.


Meg Hilling

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