Canadian church leaders have condemned remarks of federal immigration and citizenship minister Judy Sgro, who earlier this summer called on churches to abandon the time-honored practice of providing sanctuary to people under the threat of deportation.
In the wake of several controversial cases in which Christian houses of worship were used as sanctuaries by those dodging the law, a frustrated Sgro told Canadian Press that “frankly, if we start using the churches as the back door to enter Canada, we’re going to have huge problems. . . . People shouldn’t be allowed to hide anywhere.”
About half a dozen individuals, most of them failed refugee claimants, were being sheltered in churches across the country—a practice that goes back to the Middle Ages or perhaps as far back as Old Testament days.