Unitarian Universalist Church considers becoming a sanctuary church

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Churches across the country are taking action when it comes to immigration including a sanctuary church in Denver where a Mother is seeking refuge in the fear of being deported. Now a local church could be following in these footsteps.

Reverend Mathew Johnson of the Unitarian Universalist church in Rockford says the church's congregation has grown since the election with undocumented immigrants seeking comfort... And solace from the one place they feel welcome.

Mathew says under a trump presidency more people are seeking the church, many of them being immigrants.

He says years ago the First Unitarian Church in Denver Colorado decided that they would become a sanctuary church for undocumented immigrants who are threatened with deportation. Johnson says this is something the Unitarian Universalist Church here in Rockford is considering during these trying times.

The immigration customs enforcement could not down the door of the church and they could come in at any time.. they have chosen not to do so historically. The previous director of immigration customs enforcement decided that that they would not to arrest people who are in congregations that that would not be wise but there are many unwise things happening."

Johnson says the church planned on being a sponsor for a refugee family however they are unclear if or when that will happen.

Under federal policy, immigration officers are supposed to avoid entering churches and other "sensitive locations," unless they have advance approval.