NEW HAVEN >> Two New Haven churches, one Pentecostal and one Methodist, have declared themselves sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants who fear they may be deported.
Both religious communities have decided to offer short-term stays for immigrants who have an order to leave or who fear they may be picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
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Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal on East Pearl Street in Fair Haven and First and Summerfield United Methodist Church on Elm Street downtown made their decisions recently as a wider network of faith communities continues to meet on the issue.
Both congregations said they are not in a position to provide long-term shelter, as neither has shower facilities in their churches.
Pastor Héctor Otero anticipated welcoming some undocumented persons for short stays as they figure out their next step.
“That is our support to the movement right now. In the future, if we have
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