Pastor Jose Chicas weeps during a Durham rally in his support.
Pastor Jose Chicas, a faith leader who has lived in the U.S. for nearly three decades, has become the third undocumented immigrant this year to go into sanctuary in North Carolina. Pastor Jose, a father of three U.S. citizens and one DACA recipient, began living at Durham’s School for Conversion just one day before his scheduled deportation date, following an invitation from the religious education center’s director, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and civil rights leader Rev. William Barber.
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“Jesus was an undocumented migrant,” Rev. Barber, recently banned from the state’s legislative building by Republicans fearful of his fight for justice, wrote in a tweet, “who said nations will be judged by how we treat the stranger among us”: