Following an executive order that increases enforcement of laws that impact undocumented immigrants, some cities and churches have expressed determination to defy deportation mandates. Cities which range from Berkeley, California, San Francisco and Los Angeles to Denver, Colorado, Miami Dade County, Cincinnati, Atlanta and New York City.
Cities face a loss of federal aide by not enforcing immigration law.
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The sanctuary concept dates back to the Old Testament where asylum would be offered. The custom spread to churches and religious orders offering sanctuary for those facing persecution .
Members of Huntington’s First Congregational Church (founded in 1872) voted last week to become a sanctuary church.
First Congregational, is a member of United Church of Christ (FCUCC) which has
been on the ‘cutting edge’ of ‘peace and social justice’ issues throughout its history.
The pledge is as follows:
Let it be known to the community that First Congregational UCC, Huntington,
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