If the Trump administration orders mass deportations, undocumented immigrants could take refuge in Catholic churches with the support of local parishioners, said Sacramento’s Roman Catholic Bishop Jaime Soto on Ash Wednesday.
A Sacramento synagogue is declaring itself a sanctuary for refugees and undocumented people living in the United States, in response to rising fears about deportations.
Congregation B’nai Israel voted earlier this month to become a sanctuary. Sacramento Area Congregations Together, or Sacramento ACT, says other churches and synagogues are discussing the issue of sanctuary status.
Rev. Elizabeth Griswold says she is willing to do whatever it takes to fight a possible federal raid on Immigrants in her community who live in the U.S. illegally.
"I'll go to jail if I have to," said Griswold, speaking on the hypothetical situation that federal agents come to her congregation doors while housing immigrants.
The pastor at Parkside Community Church, United Church of Christ, in the Land Park area of Sacramento, says her congregation will be discussing joining other congregations in Sacramento when it comes to becoming a sanctuary if need be.
Religious congregations in the Sacramento area have agreed to shield undocumented immigrants from possible federal raids, an organized response to orders signed by President Donald Trump this week calling for more aggressive enforcement of immigration laws.
"We are not going to trade the civil rights of people for federal money you compromise a lot in politics but you don't compromise civil rights," Mayor Steinberg said.
or Sacramento County’s undocumented residents, life is increasingly uncertain. With an incoming federal administration headed by President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to defund so-called “sanctuary cities” and jump-start mass deportation, one threat that has so far flown under the radar is what might happen to Sacramento County’s recently revived health care program for undocumented immigrants.
A police reform advocacy group says Sacramento officials still haven’t provided basic statistics regarding traffic stops in predominately black and Latino neighborhoods six months after it requested them.