Churches Are Readying Homes And Underground Railroads To Hide Immigrants From Deportation Under Trump

Churches Are Readying Homes And Underground Railroads To Hide Immigrants From Deportation Under Trump

Churches across the US are fighting back against the Trump administration’s mandate to ramp up deportations with new sanctuary practices of their own, using private homes in their congregations as shelter and potentially creating a modern-day underground railroad to ferry undocumented immigrants from house to house or into Canada.

Church leaders from California to Illinois and New York told BuzzFeed News they’re willing to take their sanctuary operations for undocumented immigrants underground should federal immigration authorities, emboldened by Trump’s recent directives to take a harder line on deportations, ignore precedent and raid their campuses.

U.S. Churches Vow to Protect Undocumented Immigrants

U.S. Churches Vow to Protect Undocumented Immigrants

Reverend Beth Brown, Pastor of the Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, says that her church is making preparations to host illegal immigrants and she says that she raised this issue because her church has historically been a sanctuary church and she felt the need to reignite the conversation after Donald Trump became President.

Sanctuary movement: Houses of worship consider offering refuge to immigrants

Sanctuary movement: Houses of worship consider offering refuge to immigrants

Alarmed by President Donald Trump's campaign proposals to crack down on immigration and subsequent executive orders that called for barring refugees and expediting deportations, hundreds of churches, synagogues and mosques nationwide — and about two dozen in the Chicago area — are considering the bold move to provide sanctuary to immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally.