In the News

Below are a collection of local news articles where you can learn more about Alex Garcia and Sanctuary in Maplewood.

A Community Rallies to Keep Alex Garcia Safe from Deportation

Listen as Don Marsh interviews Carly Garica, IFCLA Program Coordinator Sara John, Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project Attorney Nicole Cortes, and Reverend Rebecca Turner about the process of Sanctuary.

ICE Ordered Alex Garcia to Report for Deportation. He Took Sanctuary in a Maplewood Church Instead

Thank you, Riverfront Times reporter Doyle Murphy for helping us share the #truth of the #injustice facing Alex Garcia, Carly Garcia, their family, and countless other immigrant and mixed status families. Thank you to the Poplar Bluff, Missouri community who spent time with Doyle and shared their perspectives and continue to support Alex and his family.

We will not stand idly by as ICE destroys our communities and shatters our values. We will not wait patiently as Congress makes more excuses, picks petty battles, and fails to do their job. We've had more than enough.

#Sanctuary4All #SantuarioParaTodos #Not1More #HereToStay #dignity #dignidad #AlexBelongsHere #LoveThyNeighbor


Man taking sanctuary to avoid deportation (KFVS12)

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Missouri church welcomes father of five young U.S. citizens into sanctuary

A United Church of Christ congregation in Missouri is supporting a father of five young U.S. citizens in his battle to stay in this country to raise them to adulthood. Christ Church UCC in Maplewood, Mo. welcomed Alex Garcia into sanctuary during worship on Sunday, Oct. 22 and will shelter him until Immigration and Customs Enforcement "does the right thing" and issues him a stay of removal.

"As a person who believes in justice, as a clergy person who believes very strongly that when a neighbor says I need help, our responsibility is to say yes, I will do that," said Christ Church pastor the Rev. Rebecca Turner. "I felt we really had no choice."

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Riverfront Times: Fighting Deportation, Missouri Resident Seeks Sanctuary in Church

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Coverage of the Vigil-March-Rally on 9/21 from KFVS12 Poplar Bluff

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