Monday, May 30, 2016

Philadelphia Churches Organize Hotline for Immigrant Raids


The Washington Post reports that a number of Philadelphia-based churches that are affiliated with the New Sanctuary Movement have established a hotline in response to DHS's announcement in January that it would conduct immigration enforcement raids.  In an interview with Father John Olenick, pastor of Visitation Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) Roman Catholic Parish, Father Olenick describes the fact that immigrants from all over the world attend his church, the work that the Movement has done to advocate for immigrants in the Philadelphia area, the devastating effects of immigration enforcement on congregations and communities, and the theological basis for extending welcome and hospitality to immigrants. 


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