Immigrants in sanctuary in churches hope Biden offers relief

  • Maria Macario poses for a portrait at the First Parish church, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Bedford, Mass. For three years, Macario has been too afraid to leave the confines of the church, which she moved in to avoid deportation, spending most of her time in a converted Sunday school classroom stocked with a hot plate, mini-fridge, TV and single bed. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Maria Macario, left, talks with Rev. John Gibbons while seated on the steps to the altar at the First Parish church, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Bedford, Mass. For three years, Macario has been too afraid to leave the confines of the church, which she moved in to avoid deportation, spending most of her time in a converted Sunday school classroom stocked with a hot plate, mini-fridge, TV and single bed. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BEDFORD, Mass. — For more than three years, Maria Macario has been too afraid to leave the white steepled First Parish church just outside Boston.