In the 1980s, hundreds of congregations across the country declared themselves to be sanctuaries, safe havens for refugees fleeing civil war in Central America. Today, there’s a revival underway of that original refugee sanctuary movement, in which churches make themselves sanctuary spaces.
More than 800 congregations have signed on to offer refuge to undocumented immigrants who face deportation orders. Reverend Deborah Lee is program director of the The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, which advocates on behalf of immigrants.
This interview was produced by KALW's The Spiritual Edge.