Volume 58
Issue 1
Winter '21

Immigration v. Religious Freedom in Trump's America: Offering Legal Sanctuary in Places of Worship

Written By: Lydia Weiant

Abstract

As President Trump’s administration has cracked down on immigration enforcement, places of worship have increasingly entered the fray to offer shelter to undocumented immigrants as part of a broader sanctuary movement. Over the same period, case law surrounding religious freedoms has dramatically shifted and vastly expanded the protections afforded to religious exercise. This Note describes the legal risks that places of worship could encounter should they decide to offer sanctuary. It concludes by discussing the ways places of worship can get involved in the sanctuary movement without exposing themselves to criminal liabilities or increasing undocumented immigrants’ hardships. 

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