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Sarno orders review of stripping church for tax exempt status

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

On Monday, we told you about a mother of two who is taking refuge inside a church in Springfield to avoid deportation. 

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is now ordering a re-inspection and review to strip that church of its tax exempt status.  

The mother - who goes by the first name of Gisella - took sanctuary inside the church with her kids prior to her deportation scheduled for today. 

Sarno said in a statement Monday that the city's code enforcement inspection and public safety teams deemed the church unsuitable for housing.  

"To house some and their families there, there's a lot of issues and also the church, being a property - a non-tax paying property - that changes their function also on that too," Sarno said Tuesday.

Gisella's children will still attend school and she'll be able to see her husband during visits.

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