Religion: Betray Not the Fugitive

Churches defy the law to give sanctuary to Salvadoran exiles

In a makeshift, third-floor apartment inside Seattle's University Baptist Church, a young woman refugee from El Salvador prepares for the birth of her baby, while down the hall a Salvadoran army deserter waits until he can flee to Canada. In Chicago's Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, a Salvadoran family of six lives above the gym. "If they make us go back," says the father, "we will disappear and die for certain."

The Seattle and Chicago churches are part of a growing ecumenical network of...

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