Churches Vow to Offer Sanctuary to Illegal Aliens

I might take those who aid and abet illegal aliens a little more seriously if they were as determined to evict the illegals who kill and maim US citizens. MIGHT.

Sarah Root: Killed by an illegal alien

Sarah Root: Killed by an illegal alien.


From NBC New York: Hundreds of houses of worship are offering sanctuary to people who could face deportation if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on his campaign pledge to remove millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.
Kate Steinle: Killed by an illegal alien.

Kate Steinle: Killed by an illegal alien.


To some churches, sanctuary means spiritual support or legal assistance to fight deportation. Others promise or already are extending physical sanctuary by housing immigrants.
In Brockton, a poor city of about 95,000 people south of Boston, four churches have pledged to take in immigrants fearful of being deported. “If you need a safe place, once you enter the doors of this building, you are safe,” said the Rev. Abraham Waya, pastor of Central United Methodist Church, who said his church can shelter as many as 100 people. “We will host you and take care of you for as long as it takes.”
Jonathan Montez: Killed by an illegal alien.

Jonathan Montez: Killed by an illegal alien.


During the campaign, Trump pledged to “immediately terminate” President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, including the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which has extended work permits and temporary deportation relief to more than 700,000 immigrants brought here illegally as youths.
In an interview with Time magazine published this week, Trump adopted a more sympathetic tone toward young immigrants, saying, “We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud.”
A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the agency follows a 2011 policy to generally avoid entering “sensitive locations” such as schools, places of worship and hospitals to take custody of undocumented immigrants illegal aliens. The policy says enforcement actions can be conducted in those locations in cases of terrorism or when there are “exigent circumstances.”
About 450 houses of worship of various denominations nationwide have offered to provide some form of sanctuary, including living space, financial assistance or rides for schoolchildren, said Alison Harrington, pastor of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona.
Immigrants have been fearful for decades, particularly as deportations increased during the Obama administration, said Harrington, who is involved in the sanctuary movement on a national scale. But Trump’s campaign promises to build a wall along the Mexican border, to bar Muslims from entering the country and to deport millions “has really galvanized people,” she said.
The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, with more than 140 congregations, has adopted a resolution calling for “holy resistance” to Trump’s immigration proposals and declaring itself a “sanctuary diocese.”
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Peter Pedemonti, Executive Director of New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia


In Philadelphia, a coalition of 17 churches and two synagogues said it has seen a huge uptick in the number of volunteers for a program offering support to immigrants when ICE raids their homes. The program had 65 volunteers in May. In the two weeks following Trump’s win, more than 1,000 new volunteers signed up, said Peter Pedemonti, executive director of the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia. “We know that we’re in a different historical moment right now and that our faith compels us to take increasingly bold actions,” Harrington said.
(Note: From the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia web site: “4 Ways to Fight Trump. Excerpt: “This is terrifying. Trump’s campaign of hate, racism and exclusion took the White House.  The backlash of white voters was harsh and strong, and Trump’s rhetoric now has the power of the White House behind it.“)
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Some churches have already made good on their promises. In Philadelphia, a 40-year-old man from Mexico has been living in the Arch Street United Methodist Church for three weeks.
Javier Flores entered the U.S. illegally in 1997 and has been deported and re-entered several times since then. After being held in an ICE detention center for over a year, the agency released him for 90 days so he could prepare for deportation. He did not want to be separated from his wife and three children, so he sought refuge, said the Rev. Robin Hynicka, senior pastor. “For us, we feel it’s a moral obligation to keep families together,” Hynicka said.
Ingrid Encalata Latorre, an immigrant from Peru, took sanctuary last week with her year-old son, Anibal, at a Quaker meeting house in Denver. Latorre, 32, has exhausted appeals of a deportation order and is awaiting a decision on a final, discretional appeal to immigration officials in Washington.
She left her native Cusco, Peru, in 2000 to join an aunt in Colorado, where she found work as a dishwasher, cared for kids, cleaned homes and worked at assisted living centers, she said. In 2002, she bought fake papers from an unscrupulous street seller.
She was arrested in 2010 and pleaded guilty to a felony ID theft charge. She paid $11,500 in back taxes and successfully completed parole, but her guilty felony plea brought her to ICE’s attention. Advocates arranged for LaTorre and Anibal to stay in the meeting house.
Anibal, a U.S. citizen, is being treated at Denver’s Childrens Hospital for a congenital twisted neck condition; her other son, 8-year-old Bryant, is also a U.S. citizen and attends a bilingual school in suburban Westminster. “I have lived half of my life here,” she said. “Don’t be afraid. Just fight and keep going.”
Not afraid to keep fighting: Brian Terry, killed by an illegal alien.

Not afraid to keep fighting: Brian Terry, killed by an illegal alien.


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lynnmccrann
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lynnmccrann

If my church offered sanctuary to illegals that would be the end of my donations and possibly even my membership. I refuse to worship in a church that offers aid to criminals, and trespassers are just that.
I do have to wonder why churches lock their doors at night and then open the back door to allow law breakers slip in?.

Dr. Eowyn
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More evidence that U.S. Christian churches have become bastions of Marxist Progressivism, under the guise of “social justice”. Churches also get millions in taxpayer dollars for helping the federal government with resettling illegal “immigrants” and Muslim “refugees”.

edwitness
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edwitness

The truth is these “churches” led by their mother, the rcc, are in direct opposition to God’s design. It was God who separated men into nations at the tower of Babel dispersion. And now these would reverse what God has done in order to bring about the world gov’t that was being realized at Babel before God terminated it. And what God said will be attempted again. Gen.11:6- “And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have… Read more »

filia.aurea
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Social justice from these Churches is a pretense. As noted by Dr. E., this is all about the taxpayer money they rake in from the government for being “compassionate”. As soon as the money dries up, their benevolence will all but disappear. Faux Christians are lesser beings than atheists.

Longknife 21
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Longknife 21

What ever happened to “Aiding and abetting”? “After the fact”? And even “Conspiracy”?
If you do not enforce the law, it becomes a joke. If some laws are not enforced against “some people”, than disrespect for all laws is a natural result.
But somehow Trump is “the bad guy”. And anyone that wants the Law enforced is a “Racist!”. I wonder what Dr. King would have said about that?

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

There’s ‘according to the law’ & there’s ‘against the law’. Start there. If you agree with the law follow it. If you don’t, then work to change it. But don’t ignore it. Membership in a church doesn’t mean you can ignore the law either. Those so called sanctuary cities send the wrong message as well. Personally, I think anybody here illegally needs to leave. The measure of a country is how many people are trying to get in vs how many people are trying to leave. But we can’t just let anybody and everybody in. They need to be able… Read more »

Paul Blake
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Looks like a Collateral Damage storm is heading our way!

stevor
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probably the same fake Christian churches that welcome the mentally ill LGBT “community”

J.J.
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J.J.

For every crime allegedly committed by an undocumented immigrant, HUNDREDS occur by CITIZENS. As a proud Roman Catholic, I have one question: would Trump violate international law by raiding RC churches? Churches are considered the property of a parish, which is part of the Vatican.

shappens
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shappens

I have talked with many, and they but mostly the children are literally leaving the church’s period. Point in fact and real experience is the members needs and the communities dire needs were sent to the back of the line for others who are not christian what so ever, have no intention of it but reap every benefit! Plus all the tax money that the children know they will have to pay for while having a degree but working part time at cashiering….or what ever they can find and still living at home, is going to this funding in huge… Read more »

shappens
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shappens

‘Hence the falling away’
is caused by the very ones who have betrayed their own and their community will in fact reap what they have sown, and lost the very ones who had hoped, lived and breathed for spirit and truth.
Can’t blame them.

shappens
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shappens

Here is another link on this subject
Ohio mosque is first to join sanctuary movement
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865671680/Ohio-mosque-is-first-to-join-sanctuary-movement.html