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MN houses of worship prepare to offer sanctuary to some facing deportation

There's no timeline for when these houses of worship will need to be ready to host immigrants, but that it could be any day. Faith leaders say their spaces will be ready when they're needed.

Jon Collins, MPR News

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https://img.apmcdn.org/23e131822991e11f9592a231ab39abfe00e14dcf/widescreen/15b71f-20170309-shirtikvah02.jpg A sign on the entrance to the Shir Tikvah synagogue in Minneapolis declares the congregation's support of those threatened by deportation. Evan Frost | MPR News

Mar 10, 2017 | As President Trump vows to crack down on undocumented immigration and step up deportations, some Minnesota religious leaders are preparing to offer immigrants shelter in their places of worship. Their hope is that giving immigrants sanctuary will shield them, at least temporarily, from being removed from the country.

House of Hope Lutheran Church is an unadorned beige building in New Hope, a suburb northwest of Minneapolis.

Inside, Pastor Mark Vinge envisions wood-paneled storage rooms transformed into bedrooms, playrooms and other spaces necessary for people staying in the church for an extended period.

Jon Collins is a reporter for MPR News.

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