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Signatures, letters delivered to ICE in support of immigrant in sanctuary in Amherst

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It was a show of solidarity Wednesday for a Guatemalan immigrant living in sanctuary in an Amherst church.

Supporters of Lucio Perez brought more than a thousand letters of support to the immigration office in Springfield.

Faith leaders and community members rallied for Perez, who has been living in an Amherst church since last October when he was scheduled for deportation.

Outside the immigration office in Springfield, Perez's wife held the more than 1,000 letters that will be delivered to the ICE office in support of Lucio.

The group walked around the building in a show of strength and support for the Guatemalan immigrant and his family, then some of the group brought the letters to the immigration office.

Through an interpreter, Perez's wife, Dora, told Western Mass News that she is thankful for all the support.

"What I can say is that I have a lot of support and feel supported...I'm not alone," Dora said.

Perez's wife said that the family is united and has a message to political leaders.

"I want every mayor, politician who sees this video to imagine being separated from your family and just think about what that would be like for even a week or a month," Dora added.

Supporters said that they will continue their fight to have immigrants, like Lucio Perez, be able to remain in this country.

Perez's wife is among those fighting for her husband.

"The one who doesn;t fight doesn't win the victory.  My family and I will keep on fighting," Dora noted.

Lucio Perez has been in sanctuary in the Amherst church since last October - 177 days to be exact.

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