Undocumented immigrants, who may face deportation under President Trump’s policies, are turning to churches. A number of churches here in the Bay Area and nationwide becoming sanctuary churches to help those who may face deportations.
The Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland has a long history of involvement in sanctuary movements. Reverend Ben Daniel says from the Vietnam War to Central American refugees in the 1980’s to the current climate, his congregation feels compelled to act.
“It’s the job of Christians to welcome strangers. Jesus said in Matthew 25, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
Since President Trump’s election and worries about immigration raids, some sanctuaries are literally becoming sanctuaries. The University Lutheran Chapel in Berkeley has actually created a small apartment to house a family facing deportation. In Los Angeles a church is building a safe house, part of an underground network.