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ICE targets have taken sanctuary in N.J. church. Can ICE go in and get them?

January 28, 2018

Dennis Kearney was quoted in an article, "ICE targets have taken sanctuary in N.J. church. Can ICE go in and get them?" published by The article explains that there is no right of sanctuary under U.S. law for those who may retreat inside churches and other houses of worship in the United States, though they are generally deemed as "sensitive locations." Kearney told, "This Middle Ages notion of the church sanctuary knocker went out the window a long, long time ago." The article notes that while ICE officials do not target houses of worship to arrest undocumented immigrants, some cases have led them to such sensitive locations. Kearney added that there is no way for religious groups and others to legally avoid federal prohibitions on harboring illegal aliens. "Black letter law under the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act prohibits organizations from this conduct," he said.