EN – María Merida came to the United States from Guatemala in 1994. She has worked and paid taxes since 2000. Her husband and her oldest son were deported several years ago. María came into sanctuary in early 2018 to avoid being separated from her three remaining sons who are all U.S. citizens, and two who were still in high school. Maria remained in church sanctuary for 39 months. She is hoping for an extension of her stay of deportation in order to continue to work on her case to remain in the U.S. legally.