A Minnesota based faith organization has not only vowed to open their doors to thousands of refugees, but also to help then travel into Canada if they desire.
According to Minnesota clergy members and faith leaders, the recent U.S. presidential election increased “desperation” among illegal aliens and refugees as one of President-elect Trump’s top campaign platforms was securing the borders.
Therefore, ISAIAH has launched a state-wide effort to create “safe places” for illegal aliens facing deportation.
As immigration officials don’t actively seek out illegal immigrants or refugees who are harbored in schools, hospitals or churches, ISAIAH wants to open their doors to anyone seeking refuge.
Doran Schrantz, executive director of ISAIAH, Faith in Democracy, said, “Walking in negative-25-degree weather in the middle of winter to try to get across the border is a signal of what’s at stake for many people and families and communities. People are terrified.”
Referring to the case of two immigrants from Ghana who walked across the U.S. border into Manitoba, are in a Winnipeg hospital recovering from frostbite. According to CBC News, They are just two of more than 500 refugees who’ve sneaked across the border illegally since January 2015.
“It exemplifies the amount of sacrifice and just sheer survival and urgency of people’s experience,” Schrantz said.
The Minnesota-based faith agency official that advocates for refugees continued, “You are committing to let your church be a place that an immigrant can go and live, essentially indefinitely, while they go through the due process that would be due to them, if they have some kind of immigration violation or deportation order.”
According to Schrantz, more than 200 faith leaders, congregation members and communities have come forward to aid in the effort. They are currently in the process of learning about needs and legalities of harboring illegal aliens.
“It’s immigration 101 training. People are taking this incredibly seriously,” Schrantz said.
The organization is also helping illegal immigrants who are desiring to travel to Canada. While no details have been determined, it will be heavily reliant on the political landscape Trump lays out once he is in office.
“But I would imagine that people of good will and of conscience all across our state and other places will be seriously considering how they can protect immigrant families in that way,” Schrantz said.
“We are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst,” she said.
H/T: CBC News
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