La Lucha Continua
Minerva Cisneros Garcia is an undocumented immigrant who came to the United States from Mexico in October of 2000 after her husband passed away, leaving her with no other option. Garcia came to the United States from the Mexican state of Guerrero so that her oldest son, Eduardo, who is blind, could access services only available in the US. At the time Garcia brought her family to the United States, Eduardo was 5 years old, and she said immigrating legally would have been too expensive and time consuming considering her son’s imminent needs. Garcia’s youngest sons, Mateo and Antonio, were born in the United States.
In 2009, Garcia was stopped at a traffic checkpoint. It is illegal for her to drive as an undocumented immigrant. Her life since has been full of fear of subsequent deportation. In June 2017, Garcia received a deportation order from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that gave her a month to leave the country. With nowhere else to go, Garcia took sanctuary in the Congregational United Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC. Garcia was the first person to take sanctuary in the church after they opened their doors to immigrants in need earlier that year.