Sanctuary

  • Collinsville church destroyed by tornado to open soon

    A church is almost finished picking up the pieces after a tornado destroyed it two years ago. First Baptist Church of Collinsville will have service in their own sanctuary soon. An EF-2 tornado tore through Collinsville, leaving First Baptist Church in pieces. Even though the church was destroyed, members...
  • US sends warning shot with California immigration lawsuit

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The Trump administration’s lawsuit challenging California’s efforts to protect immigrants who are in the country illegally served as the latest warning shot at communities nationwide with so-called sanctuary policies. As he excoriated California officials for their policies and actions, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned against...
  • Mid-city church becomes sanctuary for illegal immigrant

    NEW ORLEANS –  On Christmas Day, Jose Torres stayed inside the same place he’s been for a month and a half.  He didn’t dare leave – not even to go home to his wife and children.  Instead, he’s living in First Grace United Methodist Church on Canal Street in...
  • 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...