CCHR convenes panel on sanctuary

Author: Kevin Fye


The Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) is preparing to convene a Notre Dame panel to discuss the historical development, possibilities, and realities of sanctuary as a civil strategy for the protection of vulnerable populations.

With renewed concern that immigrants, including those falling under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, face an increased risk of targeted discrimination or harassment, many have called for more robust sanctuary policies on college campuses and in communities across the nation. In light of these developments, the upcoming panel will be designed to bring clarity to the issue. CCHR director Jennifer Mason McAward explains the importance of such a discussion:  “As citizens and Christians, we must consider the legal and moral implications of our relationship with immigrants.”

Participating in the panel will be Luis Fraga, Institute of Latino Studies, offering an overview of the experience of sanctuary cities while touching upon the subject of universities and sanctuary; Leo Guardado, PhD. student  at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, reviewing the religious history of the sanctuary concept, and how to reclaim this concept/practice as a central theological category; Lisa Koop, associate director of legal services at the National Immigrant Justice Center, examining Federal, state and local government actions directed at immigrants, and the possible responses of lawyers and communities; and Rick Garnett, Notre Dame Law School, discussing the ways in which religious freedom laws might intersect with sanctuary.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18, at 4:00 p.m. in Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall. Informal conversation and refreshments with the panelists will continue in the Geddes Coffee House following the panel. The event is being co-sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns and the Institute for Latino Studies.