After Donald Trump took office in 2017 and ordered ICE to start cracking down on illegal aliens residing in our country, an old phenomenon began to grow in popularity. Many illegals approached churches, asking for sanctuary and the ability to live there because customs enforcement traditionally will not enter a house of worship to detain anyone. One example of that was seen in Philadelphia. Oneita and Clive Thompson are illegal aliens from Jamaica, as are four of their seven children. They entered the United States illegally in 2005 but were discovered by ICE in 2018 and scheduled for deportation. For the past two and a half years they have been hiding out in Tabernacle United Church in West Philadelphia.
But this week they emerged from sanctuary and back into the public eye. The problem with this idea, at least at first glance, is that Joe Biden isn’t the president yet, so his promised freeze on all deportations hasn’t taken effect. So shouldn’t ICE be packing the Thompsons up for a flight to Jamaica? I would have thought so, but it’s not the case. ICE sent them a letter saying they would support their efforts to remain in the country. (CBS Philadelphia)
A couple has emerged from a West Philadelphia church after hiding out in the basement for 843 days. Oneita and Clive Thompson recently received written confirmation that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will support their case to stay in the United States.
The couple says they came to the U.S. from Jamaica about 15 years ago fleeing gang violence.
“When we got the letter from ICE, I was just looking at it in shock. It’s a big breakthrough – after working so long, this is a miracle. I feel like all the stress is drifting away, and everything is lighting up with joy,” Clive Thompson said in a statement.