Ohio immigrant legislation will help cities protect their populations.

Akron, OH – In September, we highlighted the story of Leonor Garcia, a mother of four who has lived in the United States for twenty years and faced deportation due to the change in priorities under Trump.  Leonor was given sanctuary in a Cleveland Heights church. In Columbus, Edith Espinal is living in sanctuary in the Columbus Mennonite Church.… Continue »

A Cleveland Heights, Ohio church today became a sanctuary, taking in an undocumented mom of four who has lived in the US for 20 years, protecting her from deportation and separation from her family. Leonor Ferreyra Garcia was one of the many immigrants who was not considered a deportation priority under the Obama Administration, but… Continue »

Over Thanksgiving weekend In Durham, North Carolina, two dozen members of CityWell United Methodist Church were arrested after attempting to prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from detaining Samuel Oliver-Bruno, who had taken sanctuary in the church eleven months earlier.   Oliver-Bruno, a 47-year-old father whose 19-year-old son, Daniel, is a U.S. citizen, first came… Continue »

Ahead of Father’s Day, Pilgrim Church and Allies Share Stories of Families Separated by Cruel Immigration Raids and Policies Sanctuary Church, Immigrant Families, Corso’s Raids Responders, and Others Come Together to “Embrace the Light Against the Darkness of ICE” Cleveland, OH – On Father’s Day, a growing number of American children will have to speak… Continue »

With ICE deportations increasing 41 percent in 2017, sanctuary churches and synagogues have stepped up to help protect undocumented immigrants from deportation. Since Trump took office, at least 42 immigrants nationwide have taken shelter inside sanctuaries. The national sanctuary movement — completely different and distinct from “sanctuary cities” — is comprised of over 800 faith communities and… Continue »

A full recording of today’s call can be found here.   Faith leaders, advocates and undocumented individuals in Sanctuary held a press call today to unveil a first-of-its-kind report on the faith based Sanctuary movement and highlight the growth of the movement and how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are increasing retaliation tactics against immigrant rights organizers and… Continue »

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Wednesday, January 17, 12pm ET Old Stone Presbyterian Church 91 Public Square, Cleveland Cleveland, OH – On Wednesday, January 17 at 12pm ET, advocates, allies, and neighbors from Columbus and Cleveland will gather at the Old Stone Church to support Columbus resident Manuel Gonzalez as he heads to his first hearing in Cleveland Immigration Court.… Continue »

This morning, CASA rallied outside the White House to protest the detention and deportation of Liliana Cruz Mendez – a mother of two US citizen children and resident of Falls Church, VA  – as well as three other undocumented parents with no criminal records who are currently being detained. These cases exemplify the pattern of “silent… Continue »

As a rapidly-expanding number of campuses, communities, and states are joining the resistance to Donald Trump’s mass deportation efforts, faith leaders and churches are vowing to offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. “If you need a safe place, once you enter the doors of this building, you are safe,” said Rev. Abraham Waya, pastor of Central… Continue »

A growing number of states, cities, colleges, and faith communities are pledging to defend immigrant residents of their communities and rising up to say ‘no’ to Donald Trump’s deportation agenda. The strength, focus and breadth of this growing resistance promises to be an important bulwark for the effort to defend immigrant workers and families during… Continue »