How Churches Are Able To Offer Immigrants Sanctuary Based On Religious Freedom

Jul 21, 2017

A Norwalk mother of four who was supposed to be deported last week has instead taken refuge in a New Haven church. 

Nury Chavarria’s was supposed to be sent back to Guatemala Thursday. She's lived in the U.S. for 24 years -- and did not leave the country following several deportation orders in the late 1990s.

Thomas Scott-Railtonis a law student and member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School. He said that in the early 1990s, Congress -- with bipartisan support -- passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That law, he said, would shield the church for its actions.