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Showdown in the Sonoran DesertReligion, Law, and the Immigration Controversy$
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Ananda Rose

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199890934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890934.001.0001

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Sanctuary Old and New: The Biblical Tradition of Radical Hospitality

Sanctuary Old and New: The Biblical Tradition of Radical Hospitality

(p.25) Chapter 2 Sanctuary Old and New: The Biblical Tradition of Radical Hospitality
Showdown in the Sonoran Desert

Ananda Rose

Oxford University Press

Chapter two further examines the biblical tradition of radical hospitality that has been inspiring religious activists at the U.S.–Mexico border. It looks at the Sanctuary Movement of the 1980s and at how clergy in the Tucson Sector challenged federal immigration laws by providing safe haven for Central American refugees fleeing from civil war. The chapter highlights key biblical passages and interpretations that have motivated religious activists in their quest to provide aid and hospitality to migrants and refugees, and at how the language and vision of the Sanctuary Movement of the 1980s has been adopted by current New Sanctuary Movement leaders and other immigrant rights groups across the country.

Keywords:   Sanctuary Movement, New Sanctuary Movement, John Fife, Jim Corbett, Central America, refugee, UNHCR, human rights, civil Initiative, Elvira Arellano, prooftexting, 14th Amendment, amnesty, liberation theology

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