Bishop Peter Libasci stated it “creates a false hope” for illegals.
The Most Reverend Peter Libasci of the Diocese of Manchester sent a letter to clergy last Friday noting that congregations cannot allow undocumented immigrants to be housed within their churches to avoid being deported.
In the letter, which the Diocese provided The Christian Post, Bishop Libasci explained that there were two definitions for the term “sanctuary churches” being used.
“Some use this term and mean what I have described above – a welcoming community ready to offer immediate aid to anyone in need. In these works, of course, we will always be involved,” wrote Libasci.
“But others use this term ‘sanctuary’ to refer to churches that will allow individuals in fear of deportation to live in the church.”
The bishop went on to state that the latter definition, that of allowing unauthorized immigrants to live within a church, was problematic “because it creates a false hope to tell individuals living in fear that we can protect them from law enforcement actions.”
“‘Sanctuary’ is not a designation recognized by law and provides no such legal protection,” cautioned Libasci.
“Instead, immigration law imposes criminal penalties and fines on anyone who conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, in any place, an alien who has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of the law.” ChristianPost