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Sanctuary Churches: Who Controls The Story?

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Volunteers gather bags of groceries for people seeking assistance at a food pantry in Concord, Mass. Many groups that help low-income families get food aid say they've seen an alarming drop recently in the number of immigrants applying for help. Yoon S. Byun/Boston Globe/Getty Images hide caption

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Deportation Fears Prompt Immigrants To Cancel Food Stamps

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Dr. Cesar Barba (right), a family physician at the UMMA Community Clinic's Fremont Wellness Center in South Los Angeles, treats Lourdes Flores Valdez, 42, for her diabetes and other health issues. Maya Sugarman/KPCC hide caption

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After escaping violence in El Salvador in 1984, Magdalena Rivas found refuge in Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Cambridge, Mass. More than 30 years later, she revisits the small chapel where she slept. Gabrielle Emanuel/WGBH hide caption

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Religious Communities Continue The Long Tradition Of Offering Sanctuary

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Fearing Deportation, Families Plan For The Worst

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Customs and Border Protection agents stand at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Friday, Feb. 10. One memorandum issued by the Department of Homeland Security says the government will hire new ICE officers and Border Patrol agents, but it doesn't mention hiring more immigration judges. Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Overwhelmed Courts Could Limit Impact Of Adding Immigration Officers

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Jeanette Vizguerra, a Mexican woman seeking to avoid deportation from the United States, speaks Wednesday as she holds her 6-year-old daughter, Zuri, during a news conference in a Denver church in which Vizguerra and her children have taken refuge. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Sanctuary Churches Brace For Clash With Trump Administration

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Family members and supporters of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos gather at a news conference outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix on Thursday. Steve Fluty/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court To Consider How Long Immigrants May Be Detained Without Bond Hearing

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South Korean adoptee Adam Crapser poses with his 1-year-old daughter, Christal, in the family's living room in Vancouver, Wash., in 2015. Crapser, who was flown to the U.S. 37 years ago and adopted by an American couple at age 3, has been ordered deported back to South Korea. Gosia Wozniacka/AP hide caption

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Yoko Ono, John Lennon and their immigration attorney, Michael Wildes (right), leave the Immigration and Naturalization Service in New York City on March 16, 1972. Anthony Camerano/AP hide caption

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John Lennon's Deportation Fight Paved Way For Obama's Deferred Action Policy

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"We must enforce the law consistent with our priorities," said an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson in regard to upcoming plans to detain and deport Central American immigrants, many of whom fled their homes due to rampant gang violence. Russell Contreras/AP hide caption

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A Remote Town, A Closed-Off Courtroom, And A Father Facing Deportation

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Maria Sanchez, a legal U.S. resident, narrowly missed being deported to her native Mexico for a felony she committed in 1998. Richard Gonzales/NPR hide caption

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Immigrant Felons And Deportation: One Grandmother's Case

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Maria Isabel de la Paz, a U.S. citizen, was twice turned away when trying to enter the U.S. legally. When she attempted an illegal crossing, her case was decided by a Border Patrol agent, not an immigration judge. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Born In The U.S. But Turned Back At The Border, Time After Time

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Immigrants board a bus after being released from U.S. Border Patrol detention in Texas last month. An immigration judge says the Obama administration's "fast-tracking" effort means many people go into court without an attorney, opening a door to future problems. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez pushed for the city to change its practice of detaining immigrants on behalf of federal officials. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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More Municipalities Deny Federal Requests, Won't Detain Immigrants

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