Sanctuary churches fight Trump's deportation surge

December 27, 2017
Al Jazeera

"When Alirio Gamez was served a deportation order earlier this year, he decided to push back rather than submit himself to authorities to be returned to his native El Salvador.

On August 8, the 40-year-old, who fled his homeland after receiving a slew of death threats, joined a growing number of undocumented people taking sanctuary in churches across the United States when he set up shop in the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, located in the capital of Texas.

'The violence El Salvador is living through is very strong [for everyone],' he told Al Jazeera, recalling his flight from his homeland. 'When you live it personally, it's even worse.

'I lost the legal process [on deportation], but I want to keep fighting,' Gamez insisted."