Learning about the Sanctuary Movement through Literature

The U.S. is dealing with an immigration crisis in the present day, but we’re not too far removed from a very similar situation that occurred in the 1980’s. Dr. Leigh Johnson joins us to talk about the Sanctuary Movement, immigration policies and more.

The Sanctuary Movement was a religious and political campaign that sought to provide safe haven for Central American refugees fleeing civil conflict. However, as Dr. Johnson notes in this interview, federal immigration policies made obtaining asylum difficult for many people who were attempting to escape countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and other nations.

Dr. Johnson also talks about how the movement affected literature, and vice versa.


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