Rise Of The American Sanctuary Movement

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Today, much uncertainty exists in the United States. As President Trump clears his first 100 days in office, many Americans and people residing in the United States are afraid of the reckless and unpitying behavior Trump continues to brandish. Continue
Rise of the American Sanctuary Movement Before addressing the contemporary concerns surrounding immigration and undocumented immigrants, it is fundamental to address the historical antecedents to today’s widespread undocumented immigration population as well as the elicited political response carried out by the Reagan Administration during the 1980s. In the heart of the Cold War, the United States actively supported and funded the El Salvadorian government — a military government that ran
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Reverend John Fife, who is often regarded as the founder of the Sanctuary Movement, proclaimed that federal law does not supersede the law of God and the protection of people’s comes first. In regards to illegally protecting refugees, Reverend John Fife gave these remarks, “I assumed it was illegal, but I could not claim to be a Christian and not be involved in trying to protect refugees’ lives.” Reverend Fife continues, “Sometimes you cannot love both God and the evil authority. Sometimes you have to make a choice” (Haberman, 2017). Similar to Fife, Jim Corbett, a co-founder of the movement and a Quaker, began to transport and house refugees seeking political asylum. Although it was illegal to assist the illegal migrants, Corbett used scripture and international law as a tool to demonstrate the inherent rights the federal government was violating. In a letter, devising the creation of a sanctuary movement, Corbett wrote these profound remarks on his decision to provide sanctuary to those seeking asylum:

Reverend Fife and Jim Corbett had to make a decision — and he chose to follow the Bible and his heart. The 1980’s political sphere, as well as the failure of the United States to respond in offering refuge for the vulnerable, led to the rise of an unprecedented number of illegal migrants living in
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