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A Muslim-American at a rally in Austin on Tuesday
THE WASHINGTON POST

Defying Trump, Texas Sheriff Gives Safe Haven To Immigrants

Austin, Texas may be the first of many 'sanctuary cities' that disobey President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policy.

AUSTIN -- Last spring, Jim Rigby opened the doors of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church to Hilda Ramirez and her 10-year-old son, undocumented immigrants fleeing civil strife in Guatemala. He borrowed some furniture, set up bunk beds in the Sunday school teacher's office - and trained church members to lock the doors and form a human shield if immigration officers come knocking.

"Do we stand up for human rights now? Or do we act like zebras on the Serengeti, hoping the lion eats us last?" said Rigby, 66, the longtime minister of one of Austin's most liberal houses of worship. "People of good conscience," he said, must put themselves between asylum seekers and "harm's way."

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