threatened deportations‘Sanctuary churches’ vow to shield immigrants from Trump crackdownBy Elizabeth Evans and Yonat Shimron | November 18, 2016LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on threatened deportations Subscribe to threatened deportations Supporters surround Javier Flores and his family during a press conference in the basement of Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia on Nov. 15, 2016. The group gathered to announce that Flores has taken asylum in the church. Senior pastor Robin Hynicka stands immediately behind him. RNS photo by Elizabeth EvansActive RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.PHILADELPHIA (RNS) An undocumented Mexican and father of three has taken refuge in a United Methodist Church here. It's one of a small but growing number of U.S. congregations willing to harbor immigrants facing deportation.