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Pastor surveilled after ministering to migrants sues US government

By Aysha Khan — July 9, 2019

(RNS) — A New York pastor, the Rev. Kaji Douša, has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that U.S officials violated her religious freedom when she was put on a watchlist over her ministry to migrants at the border.

Sanctuary churches say fines against immigrants meant to sow fear

By Yonat Shimron — July 3, 2019

(RNS) — Some indigent immigrants would owe as much as $500,000 for overstaying their deportation orders.

Immigration officials accused of targeting faith leader and religious groups

By Jack Jenkins — March 20, 2019

(RNS) — A November 2018 clash between government agents and protestors at the U.S.-Mexican border, officials say, has prompted investigation that has caught up clergy and other faith-based activists.

After arrest of protected immigrant, sanctuary church members cry out for justice

By Yonat Shimron — November 26, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — A group of United Methodists severely criticized the arrest of Samuel Oliver-Bruno, an undocumented immigrant who had been living in their church, as he applied for a deferral on his deportation.

Judge temporarily halts deportation of Indonesian Christians

By Jerome Socolovsky — February 3, 2018

HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) — The order affects roughly 50 people from a community in New Jersey that includes many who left Indonesia years ago to escape religious persecution.

Judge grants Christian Indonesians time to fight deportation

By Jerome Socolovsky — February 2, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge says 50 Indonesians living illegally in New Hampshire must be given time to reopen their immigration cases and argue that the conditions in their home country have changed.

Fearing deportation, a third Indonesian Christian seeks sanctuary in a NJ church

By Chris Sagona — January 29, 2018

(RNS) — Harry Pangemanan joins two other Indonesian Christians now living in the Reformed Church of Highland Park, about 35 miles south of New York City.

Sanctuary for the undocumented comes with legal consequences

By Kimberly Winston — March 17, 2017

(RNS) Some religious leaders are preaching caution rather than participation.

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