On Holy Ground: Church Sanctuary in the Trump Era

12 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2018 Last revised: 19 Feb 2018

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Valerie Munson

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - School of Law

Date Written: February 5, 2018

Abstract

The number of deportations of unauthorized immigrants has increased dramatically since the election of Donald Trump. In keeping with long-standing tradition, religious communities across the United States have responded by providing sanctuary to unauthorized immigrants in the form of housing and social services. Thus far, immigration authorities have refrained from entering sacred spaces to apprehend unauthorized immigrants. But, is it legal for religious communities to provide such sanctuary under the current law criminalizing the “harboring” of unauthorized immigrants? Can immigration authorities enter sacred spaces to apprehend unauthorized immigrants if they wish? This article addresses those questions.

Keywords: Sanctuary, Immigration, Deportation, Harboring

JEL Classification: K19, K49

Suggested Citation

Munson, Valerie, On Holy Ground: Church Sanctuary in the Trump Era (February 5, 2018). Southwestern University Law Review, Vol. 47, p. 49, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3118398

Valerie Munson (Contact Author)

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - School of Law ( email )

1150 Douglas Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901-6804
United States

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