Sanctuary

  • Fighting Deportation, Missouri Resident Seeks Sanctuary in Church

    Alex Garcia, a father of five from Poplar Bluff, Missouri, is now considered a fugitive by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. His wife and children (who are all U.S. citizens), multiple St. Louis nonprofits and some local churches are pushing for ICE to reconsider Garcia’s case.  ...
  • Woman facing deportation moves into church

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio woman scheduled to be deported to Mexico has moved into a makeshift apartment inside a suburban Cleveland church that offered her sanctuary. The Plain Dealer reports (http://bit.ly/2xxvgQ0 ) 42-year-old Lenora Garcia, of Akron, was supposed to be deported this week but immigration...
  • Chicago’s lawsuit over sanctuary city threat goes to court

    CHICAGO (AP) – Attorneys for Chicago will urge a federal judge on Monday to block President Donald Trump’s administration from following through on threats to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities unless they agree to tougher enforcement of immigrations laws. Chicago is among at least seven cities and...
  • Mother of 3 takes sanctuary in Denver church to avoid deportation

    KUSA – A mother of three is claiming sanctuary in a Denver church and was welcomed into the place of worship with a ceremony Wednesday morning. Araceli Velasquez, 26, is the fifth person to take sanctuary in the Denver metro area. Velasquez faces deportation after being in the United...
  • Lots of Churches Now Offering Sanctuary in the US Doubles!

    Since Donald Trump was elected president, the number of churches in the United States declaring themselves sanctuaries – or safe places – for undocumented immigrants has more than doubled. However, few people are taking refuge in them. After Trump’s victory last November, about 400 churches declared themselves sanctuaries. That brought the...
  • From a Church Sanctuary, Colorado Woman Resists Deportation

    MANCOS, Colorado (Reuters) – Rosa Sabido stares out a church window pondering her future and worrying about her ailing mother. For nearly two months since taking sanctuary at the United Methodist Church in Mancos, a small town in the mountains of southwest Colorado, Sabido, 53, has lived in a cramped room with a makeshift shower. She...
  • Mom facing deportation after 24 years in U.S. takes sanctuary in church

    HARTFORD, Conn. – U.S. immigration officials said Friday they consider a woman trying to avoid deportation by seeking sanctuary in a Connecticut church to be a fugitive, but acknowledge they have a policy that restricts them from entering a house of worship except in extraordinary circumstances. Gov. Dannel P....
  • Son of immigration activist who sought sanctuary in Chicago church to graduate high school

    Saul Arellano gets a boost every time a stranger recognizes him on the street, pinches his cheeks and calls him “Saulito.” It reminds him of the Chicago community that raised him, and what he owes them and his country. A decade ago, Saul’s mother, Elvira Arellano, became a lightning...
  • Huntington Church Agrees to Be a ‘Sanctuary’ for Immigrants

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A church in West Virginia has pledged to be a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants who are targets of deportation. The Herald-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2rwU3Qy ) The First Congregational United Church of Christ in Huntington announced on Wednesday a pledge to open its doors to those facing...