MASON CITY, Iowa- A bill signed in to law this week aims to eliminate sanctuary cities and entities, but one local pastor says they will continue to be a sanctuary for families and individuals in need.
On a sign in front of First Congregational United Church of Christ it shows several different groups they look to support, including those seeking sanctuary.
Pastor Chuck Kelsey has long been an advocate for those in need. He says despite the new law, he will continue to support those who seek help.
One of the repercussions of not following the law is cut to state aid, but Pastor Kelsey says that isn’t an issue for them because they don’t receive state funding.
The new law forbids entities from having policies in place that prohibit or conflict with federal immigration laws. Kelsey says he will abide by the law and help law enforcement out, but says this sends a bad message to communities.
“No one is attempting to harbor criminals,” he said. “That is just a misnomer and the wrong approach towards the issue. We, as a church, are trying to help families stay together.”
The law will take effect July 1st.
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