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Kalamazoo Church becomes Sanctuary for Deportation

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On March 12, Kalamazoo First Congregational Church announced that they will be a shelter against deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Conveniently, the same day 62 year-old, Saheeda Perveen Nadeem was to be deported to Pakistan.

Kalamazoo First Congregational Church becomes sanctuary for people facing deportation. Photo courtesy of Lainie Scott.

Nadeem has lived in Kalamazoo for 40 years, and if deported back to Pakistan, she would have to leave here entire family behind.

The church has gave an apartment to Saheeda and a GoFundMe page has been created to raise money to support her.

Rev. Nathan Dannison tells MLive, the church does not expect ICE to come to the church, but if it does and attempts to get in it will be filmed and put on the internet.

“Immigration and Customs Enforcement, lately, have been more aggressive, targeting the most vulnerable members of our community,” Dannison said. “I think that’s why churches are stepping forward and saying that this is unethical, and this is absolutely not who we are as Americans.”

Lainie Scott

I am a junior at Gull Lake High School, and this is my first year writing for The Reflection. I enjoy writing, reading and music. This year I hope to further my writing skills and better develop my ability to report and review.


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