San Diego Congregation Votes To Become A Sanctuary Church
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Credit: First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
San Diego Congregation Vote To Become A Sanctuary Church
Rev. Kathleen Owens, First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
As California comes under increasing scrutiny from the Department of Justice for its new sanctuary state laws, a San Diego church has announced its status as a sanctuary congregation. Leaders of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego said the church will support immigrants under threat of deportation. They also pledged to work toward the larger goal of comprehensive immigration reform.
Church leaders said they first started talking about becoming a sanctuary congregation following the Trump administration announcement in September that it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This week congregants voted 93 percent in favor of becoming a sanctuary congregation.
Reverend Kathleen Owens, First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, discusses what a sanctuary congregation can do to help immigrants facing deportation.
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