AMERICA/UNITED STATES - "Movimiento de Santuario" has over 800 points of reference for immigrants

Thursday, 19 January 2017 migrants   poverty   politics  

Tucson (Agenzia Fides) - Few hours before the new President of the United States takes office, many churches and religious congregations have joined the "Movimiento de sanctuary", over 800 points of reference, to offer protection to undocumented immigrants who are in the United States. Now religious leaders, Protestants, Catholics and Jews, think of including mosques, in addition to organizing vigils and protests.
The idea, according to the note of the "Movimento" organizers sent to Fides, is to oppose the plans announced by Trump’s administration and to protect vulnerable groups. Ten vigils, conferences and other events in Los Angeles and San Francisco (California), Denver (Colorado), Portland (Oregon), Tucson (Arizona) and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) are scheduled for next week.
"Movimiento de Sanctuary '' was born in the Presbyterian church in the south of Tucson, in March 1982, as a challenge for the federal government which at that time had to solve the problem of immigrants who arrived from Central America fleeing the civil war. The movement grew, and shortly after already counted on the accession of more than 500 Protestants, Catholics and Jews in 17 cities, which since then have become a point of reference for immigrants. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 19/01/2017)