(WASHINGTON TIMES) A network of two dozen churches has promised to offer “physical sanctuary” to illegal immigrants facing deportation, saying they want to create a safe haven that federal officials won’t invade as a way of preventing the migrants from being kicked out of the country.
The movement is the latest effort by activists trying to stop as many deportations as possible after failing to win relief from President Obama, who earlier this month temporarily shelved his plans to expand his nondeportation policies, angering Hispanics and immigrant advocates.
“All over the nation, communities of faith are saying we won’t break our promise, and so we declare sanctuary,” said the Rev. Alison Harrington, pastor at Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona. “We will continue to fight to keep you with your families.”
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