Throughout his entire presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump vowed put an end to “Sanctuary Cities” and it now appears that the latest roadblock in Trump’s proposed crackdown on illegal immigration will be the emergence of “Sanctuary Churches.”
Churches, schools and hospitals, are often considered “sensitive locations” by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, so federal agents will often avoid arresting, searching or interviewing people in these locations.
“There is a long tradition in American law enforcement of not breaking into churches in order to arrest someone unless the person is wanted for an act of violence,” Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano told Fox News. “In order for the police or for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enter a church against the will of a priest or minister who is running the church, they need an arrest warrant for a specific human being –short of that, they’re not going to go in there.”
According to Fox News, hundreds of churches across America have pledged to provide safe harbor to illegal immigrants facing deportation, and even more are likely to open their doors and do the same. In New York alone there are already 11 sanctuary churches.
“There has been a tremendous increase in interest since the election,” said Rev. Donna Schaper, senior minister of Judson Memorial Church. “The newly elected president is threatening to deport many of them and they want to be safe—churches have a moral mandate to help people in a way that is different than cities in general.”
According to the National Catholic Reporter, Protestant mainline churches, more liberal Catholic churches and Jewish synagogues are expected to join the movement and open their doors to illegals hiding from deportation.
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