Sanctuary churches take in immigrants and take on Trump

Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“Just as law enforcement officers in sanctuary cities refuse to obey Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) orders commanding them to detain unauthorized aliens without a warrant, sanctuary churches refuse to heed anti-harboring laws that make it a criminal offense to knowingly shield or transport an ‘alien who has entered the United States in violation of the law.’ There is a big difference between the two forms of sanctuary, though. Despite all the outrage, nothing prevents Uncle Sam from hauling immigrants — even legal ones — away from any city in America for deportation. … But when it comes to sanctuary churches, ICE’s own internal administrative guidance, along with age-old custom, bars the government from engaging in confrontational enforcement activities on the premises of houses of worship.” (for publication 02/18)