Churches council plans for immigration enforcement operation

By: The Associated Press


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island State Council of Churches is asking congregations statewide to prepare to respond to the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement operation.     

The Rev. Donnie Anderson said Friday the council is asking congregations to form committees to plan for opening their buildings to immigrants and people who want to pray for them if there’s a sweep in Rhode Island.     

The Trump administration is moving forward with a nationwide operation targeting migrant families, which could happen as soon as this weekend.     

The council initially asked congregations to open their buildings this weekend for a prayer vigil.

Anderson says they’re now asking for the planning committees instead because it doesn’t appear the operation will happen in Rhode Island at this point.       

The Trump administration’s plan is to pursue people with final deportation orders in major cities.

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