Fourth immigrant takes church sanctuary in Ariz.

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FILE PHOTO: University Presbyterian Church in Tempe has been providing sanctuary for Luis Lopez. By Christina O'Haver FILE PHOTO: University Presbyterian Church in Tempe has been providing sanctuary for Luis Lopez. By Christina O'Haver

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A Tucson man facing deportation has taken sanctuary in a church.
 
Francisco Perez Cordova is the fourth immigrant who has moved into a church in Arizona this year.
 
Immigration officials typically do not arrest people in churches, although there is no policy against it.
 
Perez Cordova moved into St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church this week. Another Tucson woman, Rosa Robles Loreto, has been living at Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson for more than a month.
 
Immigration advocates say Perez Cordova and Robles Loreto are good community members with no criminal records who should be granted leniency.
 
The church sanctuary movement began in Tucson in the 1980s and has been revived this year with the four people in Arizona and one man in Portland.

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