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New Sanctuary Movement at the Border Can Spiritually Transform Us

posted on July 9, 2012

At The National Catholic Reporter, John Fife describes the “Sanctuary Movement” that he co-founded on the United States’ southwestern border in the 1980s. Fife, the pastor of the Southside Presbyterian Church in Tuscon, Arizona, writes that members of his church and other religious groups “on both sides of the border” provided food, shelter, medical care, and legal aid for the “refugees from the death squads, torture and massacres of villages in El Salvador and Guatemala [who] were arriving at the border.” Fife writes, “If the election this fall does not result in comprehensive immigration reform legislation, I expect that the New Sanctuary Movement will grow more rapidly than the old one of the 1980s.”

Read at National Catholic Reporter