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Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States$
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Gastón Espinosa, Virgilio Elizondo, and Jesse Miranda

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162271

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162271.001.0001

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“Dangerous Times Call for Risky Responses”: Latino Immigration and Sanctuary, 1981–2001

“Dangerous Times Call for Risky Responses”: Latino Immigration and Sanctuary, 1981–2001

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(p.159) 10 “Dangerous Times Call for Risky Responses”: Latino Immigration and Sanctuary, 1981–2001
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Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States
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María Cristina García

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162271.003.0011

This ecumenical spirit of cooperation between Catholics and Protestants was evident in the Sanctuary movement. This chapter points out that in the 1980s faith-based organizations and more than 200 churches and several synagogues across the United States provided sanctuary or refuge to tens of thousands of political refugees from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua who fled across the US–Mexico border. Viewing themselves as the new Underground Railroad, Sanctuary movement leaders provided support and assistance to these immigrants in direct violation of the US government. This movement laid the foundation for a revival of the Sanctuary movement in the Southwest in the late 1990s.

Keywords:   Sanctuary movement, social movements, Catholics, Protestants, political refugees

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