SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A group of faith-driven activists is trying
to organize a network to help illegal immigrants who fear new local
immigration-related laws and massive raids.
If the project is successful, immigrants seeking sanctuary would
simply need to ask for "Romo."
The name refers to Toribio Romo, a Mexican priest canonized as a
saint. Many crossing the border illegally invoke Romo when praying
for safe passage into the United States.
For now, the group visits day laborers to offer them breakfast
and small cards bearing a picture of Saint Toribio Romo on one side
and a prayer and phone number on the other. The number connects
people a prepaid cell phone dubbed the "Romo line" that will be
the contact point for immigrants seeking help and for supporters
who want to volunteer or donate.
Federal authorities warn that while they support people acting
on convictions, they can't ignore the breaking of immigration laws
against transporting or harboring unauthorized immigrants.
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