Religion: A Defeat for Sanctuary

Church activists are convicted of smuggling illegal aliens

After six months of acrimonious courtroom proceedings and nearly 50 hours of deliberation, a jury last week filed into a tiny federal courtroom in Tucson. The eleven defendants, all of them church workers, faced the jury. Then they listened in stunned silence as the court clerk read guilty verdicts against six of them for conspiring to smuggle Salvadorans and Guatemalans into the U.S. Two more were found guilty of harboring or transporting the illegal aliens.

The verdicts marked a victory for the Federal Government in its drive to prosecute members of a nationwide movement that seeks to give church sanctuary to...

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