Quaker meeting house provides sanctuary for immigrant
Robert Morales, left, and his wife, Emma Membreno-Sorto, listen as their attorney, Roderick DeAguero, speaks about the family’s struggle to avoid Membreno-Sorto’s deportation to Honduras at a news conference on Tuesday. Membreno-Sorto is now living at the Albuquerque Friends Meeting House church in Downtown Albuquerque as DeAguero attempts to resolve her case. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Honduran woman in the U.S. with an active deportation order has taken refuge at a local church to avoid being deported as she sorts out her immigration papers.
Members and community leaders gathered Tuesday at the Albuquerque Friends Meeting House, a Quaker church, in Downtown Albuquerque to tell the story of a Honduran woman taking sanctuary and to rally against President Donald Trump’s January executive order that raised the priority of noncriminal deportations. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Journal)
The woman, who has been in the United States for about 25 years and is married to an American, is one of about a dozen people and families nationwide taking refuge in a church.
It has been the practice of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to not raid a sanctuary church, the label taken on by churches, synagogues and other congregations that provide a living space and other support to someone facing deportation.
“While we have a duty to follow just laws, we have a moral obligation to oppose unjust laws and policies” said Rachel Brackbill, a member of the Quaker meeting house.