Churches Face Dilemma Over Sheltering Migrants
Religion News Service
It's a question that vexes many in the often-silent middle of the immigration debate: What is legal -- and what is right?
That dilemma permeates discussions in churches here after 167 suspected illegal workers were detained in a June 12 raid at the Fresh Del Monte Produce plant. In community-room meetings and in pulpits, church leaders are asking whether they should provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants.
Some local church representatives have started an e-mail list of churches with entries like "open to those needing shelter" or "can provide food, money."
Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland has officially signed on with the New Sanctuary Movement, a national effort to shelter people facing deportation. Others are contemplating that move.