Sanctuary— when a church offers someone a measure of symbolic protection from authorities — is a medieval and historic concept that is rarely offered today. It is a last resort and needs tremendous community support to succeed.
Jozsef Pusuma, his wife Timea Daroczi, and 4-year-old daughter Viktoria, a Hungarian Roma family, are seeking asylum in Canada and hiding in a Toronto area church after the Immigration and Refugee Board denied their claim and ordered them to be deported.
“There is a tension but we didn’t set this up,” said Mary Jo Leddy, a coalition member and the founder of Toronto’s Romero House, which provides shelter to refugees. “The government rammed this legislation through and we told them this would happen. People with a conscience just can’t slam shut the door on people.”
Our government just can't get it right.