Four immigrants who sought sanctuary in churches no longer face deportation, fines

Four undocumented immigrants who sought sanctuary in churches have reached a settlement with the Biden administration, allowing them to stay in the U.S. temporarily.

Driving the news: The immigrants faced massive civil fines and deportation during the Trump administration, but the Biden administration stopped issuing fines and settled a retaliation lawsuit brought by the four women.
* The women had taken sanctuary in churches in Texas, Utah, Ohio, and Virginia.

Temporary protection: Under the settlement, the four women will receive temporary protection from deportation for three years.
* The settlement does not provide any monetary compensation for the immigrants.

Critics speak out: Some argue that rolling back the former Trump administration’s immigration policies has contributed to record numbers of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum.
* The Biden administration did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the settlement.

The future: The settlement is a “first important step” toward permanent legal status, but future administrations could still change the situation.

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