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Miss. Governor Tells Churches to Follow 'Man's Law,' Refuse Refugees

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017 10:25 AM

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said religious figures should follow "man's law" and not allow undocumented immigrants to take refuge in churches or other places of worship, PJ Media reports.

At the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, the governor was asked if religious groups ought to protect undocumented immigrants from being deported.

"I don't think so," Bryant said in reply. "I think if you are a faith leader or anyone else you have to look also at the nation's law.

"There's God's law and then there's man's law, and man's law says that you have to go by certain rules and standards to become a citizen of the United States or you come here illegally — illegally means it's against the law."

"We are a nation of laws, so the federal government is going about enforcing the laws. And I hope people of faith will understand that part of the responsibility of your faithfulness is to also understand what man's law is," he added

Religious leaders across the country have lent their support to undocumented immigrants facing deportation under President Donald Trump's administration.

In Massachusetts, Brockton pastor Rev. Abraham Waya plans to allow as many as 100 undocumented immigrants to stay at the Central United Methodist Church.

"If you need a safe place, once you enter the doors of this building, you are safe," he said, according to PJ Media. "We will host you and take care of you for as long as it takes."

"Immigration and Customs Enforcement is unlikely to break down the doors of the church to pick up somebody," Waya told The Boston Globe last week.

According to Bryant, his state's residents are worried that cities and schools may hinder federal efforts to enforce immigration law.

"I know what the people of Mississippi are concerned about, and it's whether or not a city or municipality or university president might say, 'We are going to prevent the federal government from receiving information regarding illegal immigrants, even those that have committed crimes within our municipalities,'" he said.

"We think the people of the state of Mississippi want to enforce the federal laws when it comes to immigration, and that doesn't include protecting someone who has violated those laws."

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said religious figures should follow man's law and not allow undocumented immigrants to take refuge in churches or other places of worship, PJ Media reports.
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