When President Donald Trump announced his plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2017, the lives of immigrants across the United States were thrust into uncertainty. But the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Phoenix, Arizona, acted as a refuge for many of those people. For years, building has operated as a "sanctuary church," a place where undocumented immigrants fearing persecution or deportation can seek refuge, but after Trump was elected in Nov. 2016, Rev. James Pennington expanded the clergy's social and political role.


Megan Janetsky/The Arizona Republic

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