Some Arizona churches to defy migrants’ deportation, offer them sanctuary

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It's not known if anyone in Arizona now is on current deportation lists but some churches see a moral obligation to protect Central Americans fleeing violence.

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    “Salvador Ongaro, a Phoenix immigration lawyer, said he believes most of the Central Americans targeted over the weekend had been ordered deported “in absentia.” That means they didn’t appear for court hearings and that is why a judge had issued a removal order.

    Typically, asylum cases can take several years to be finalized; all of the families taken into custody arrived after May 1, 2014.

    He said migrants ordered deported can apply to have their cases reopened if they were ordered deported in absentia. They have a “good chance” of having their cases reopened, especially if they did not receive notice of their hearing, he said.”

    And this typifies why analogies between illegal aliens and criminals are dead stinking wrong. Alleged criminals have far greater due process rights and a constitutional expectation of proportional penalty for their actions.

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