What is the sanctuary movement and Where did the sanctuary movement come from?

The sanctuary movement is a network of churches that has guided hundreds of Central American refugees into the United States and sheltered them.

In doing so, church members have risked fines and imprisonment for smuggling in undocumented aliens. They believe they have a moral obligation to protect the refugees from deportation back to their countries.

Founded by Quaker Jim Corbett, the sanctuary network of churches has included all denominations, and has been praised for its courage by Pope John Paul II.