January 22, 2017
MORE CHURCHES HAVE BECOME SANCTUARIES FOR MUSLIMS AFTER TRUMP WON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN NOVEMBER. A coalition of faith communities referred to as the PICO National Network reported that the number of church sanctuaries offering refuge to people under threat of being deported from the U.S. has grown to 800. This comes in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, after he campaigned on anti-immigrant rhetoric and promised to deport 2-3 million immigrants as soon as he came into power. The faith communities are largely Christian but have signaled intent to partner with the Islamic community to provide sanctuary to Muslims who have also come under attack by Trump’s Islamophobic rhetoric.