Rosa Sabido, who has been living in sanctuary at the Mancos United Methodist Church in Mancos since June 2, 2017, will mark her second year in sanctuary by holding a vigil and fundraiser called “Verbena: A place for miracles” from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, on the church grounds.
The event will also be a celebration of the community that has welcomed her and given her support over the last two years. The event will include music from Let Them Roar. All those in the community who have been Involved or would like to be supportive of Rosa and the sanctuary movement are invited.
There will be an art space for kids as well including face-painting. A light potluck will be offered, and bringing a dish is optional. An altar of freedom will be set up for spiritual offerings. This is a free event.
In May 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement informed Sabido that her application for a one-year stay of removal was denied. She was ordered to leave the country or face deportation. Instead, she sought sanctuary at the United Methodist Church.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton denied Sabido’s request for the lawmaker to sponsor a private bill to provide a path to permanent residency for the Mexican national. Sabido said her only other option to live legally in the United States is to petition another legislator to sponsor a private bill.
For more information, visit www.rosabelongshere.org.