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Refuge Thursday: Faith Community and Immigration

refuge thursday: He announced through his attorney that he would defy a federal immigration order to appear for a hearing where he was expected to be detained for deportation over a domestic-violence conviction in California, according to Metro News. After consulting with his family, and with other members of the faith community, Al-bumohammed has chosen to seek sanctuary with the faith community, Rebecca Kitson, his lawyer, said to a cheering crowd outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Albuquerque. Kadhim Al-bumohammed, 64, decided to seek refuge Thursday inside a New Mexico church. Immigration officials typically don't make deportation arrests in churches and other sensitive areas such as schools and churches. Al-bumohammed also was convicted of domestic violence in Merced County, California, in 1997, which made him eligible for deportation under U.S. law, Rusnok said. In a statement, ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok said Al-bumohammed was convicted in San Diego, California, in 1996 of a assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest in 1994. ( As reported in the news.