Articles from June 2017

High Country News: Small towns are the place to challenge immigration policyFrom a June 30, 2017, opinion piece that appeared on High Country News

By Maddy Butcher

Rosa Sabido finds sanctuary from immigrant detention in a politically divided town.

This month, Rosa Sabido, a 53-year old woman of “impeccable character,” became the 11th person nationwide currently in sanctuary in a church. The other churches providing sanctuary sit in metropolitan areas such as Albuquerque, Chicago and Phoenix. The next smallest congregation is in Las Cruces, New Mexico, a city of 98,000.

By comparison, the Mancos United Methodist Church, which sits on a quiet road off Highway 160 in Mancos, Colorado, and has 55 members, seems tiny and vulnerable.

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