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Oscar in sanctuary

Oscar in sanctuary

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On Jan. 18, Oscar Canales took sanctuary at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Greensboro, North Carolina. Oscar, who came to Greensboro from El Salvador in 2005, has three children. In 2012, Oscar started his own roofing company, employing several U.S. citizens.

"It will be really hard on my mom and my brother and sister without my Dad around," said Oscar's 17-year-old daughter Shirley Canales. "We're really hoping he'll be able to come home soon to tuck them in at night again." 

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Jan. 18: Father takes sanctuary in Greensboro church

Oscar is the fifth person currently in sanctuary in North Carolina, and is part of the state’s growing sanctuary movement. His supporters are calling on Rep. Ted Budd to advocate on his behalf. 

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