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“Dangerous Times Call for Risky Responses”: Latino Immigration and Sanctuary, 1981–2001

María Cristina García

in Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195162271
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162271.003.0011
“Dangerous Times Call for Risky Responses”: Latino Immigration and Sanctuary, 1981–2001

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This ecumenical spirit of cooperation between Catholics and Protestants was evident in the Sanctuary movement. This chapter points out that in the 1980s faith-based organizations and more than 200 churches and several synagogues across the United States provided sanctuary or refuge to tens of thousands of political refugees from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua who fled across the US–Mexico border. Viewing themselves as the new Underground Railroad, Sanctuary movement leaders provided support and assistance to these immigrants in direct violation of the US government. This movement laid the foundation for a revival of the Sanctuary movement in the Southwest in the late 1990s.

Keywords: Sanctuary movement; social movements; Catholics; Protestants; political refugees

Chapter.  6884 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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