Sanctuary Movement

One of the most frequently mentioned obligations in the Bible is to “welcome the stranger.” Since the 1980s, churches and synagogues have offered sanctuary to undocumented immigrants facing deportation. Correspondent Lucky Severson reports on the current sanctuary movement from Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona where it first began, and talks with the church’s pastor, Rev. Alison Harrington, who says, “My scriptures don’t ask me but command me to stand with those who are being persecuted and those who are being oppressed.” He also interviews Roy Beck of Numbers USA, a lobbying group that works to reduce the number of immigrants to the US, both legal and illegal. Says Beck, “I do feel that the sanctuary churches are undermining the rule of law, which is the cornerstone of a just society.”