Health and safety warrant issued for Springfield South Congressional Church

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A search warrant has been issued by housing court for the South Congregational Church in Springfield, providing sanctuary to a woman from Peru facing deportation.

According to the City of Springfield, Mayor Domenic Sarno was informed by the city’s Solicitor Ed Pikula on Tuesday, that housing court had issued the warrant to carry out proper health and safety inspections at the church.

According to an affidavit sent to 22News from the city’s mayor’s office, the inspection at 45 Maple Street in Springfield, where Gisella Collazo, a Peruvian woman facing deportation and her two minor children are staying, is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

This issued warrant comes as the city and church continue to be at odds, deciding whether it is legal for the woman and her two children to live inside the church.

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