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Alex Garcia is currently being sheltered in sanctuary at Christ Church. He came to the U.S. from Honduras 13 years ago seeking safety and a better life. Until now, the government has acknowledged Alex’s responsibilities as a devoted father and husband and has granted yearly permission to stay. Recently ICE denied Alex’s request and gave him a date to report for removal from the U.S. He is a family man, hard worker, and a valued member of his rural Poplar Bluff MO community. It is a great hardship for Alex and his family to have to be separated during this time in sanctuary, but it is their last chance to keep from being torn apart by deportation.
Christ Church has signed the Declaration of Sacred Resistance of the St. Louis Coalition on Sanctuary. It joins us with other multi-ethnic, interfaith congregations and community organizations. It guides us as a people of faith, called by the gospel to love our neighbor and to stand with those suffering and oppressed in the midst of the current immigration crisis.
We are a multi-faith coalition of religious leaders, congregations, and individuals that are called by their shared values to respond actively and publicly to the suffering of our immigrant brothers and sisters residing in the US. We seek to end the injustice caused by immigration enforcement, including raids, detention, deportation and sometimes achieved through dangerous collaboration with local law enforcement. We stand with those at risk of deportation, their families, and allies,
Members of the coalition actively involved in supporting Alex and his family currently include: Christ Church, Epiphany and Kirkwood United Church of Christ and Elliot Unitarian Chapel, the Interfaith Committee on Latin America, Latinos En Axion, and the Migrant and Immigration Community Action Project.