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If Donald Trump keeps all his campaign promises, thousands of churches could disappear.
That’s according to Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who heads the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, an evangelical group with more than 40,000 affiliated congregations.
“The very viability of our churches—these are our church members,” he said. “You’re talking about shutting down churches. If you would ever deport 11, 12 million people, you would shut down so many Latino churches. And I mean so many in thousands, without any hyperbole.”
One thing can pastors do: tell their members, from the pulpit, what to do if ICE shows up at their homes. Jessica Dominguez, an immigration attorney based in Studio City, California, works with churches in Rodriguez’s group to help pastors know what to say.
“My team and I consider it a calling to keep immigrant families informed about their rights, and work daily on purpose to keep families together,” she said in an email to The Daily Beast. “I consider it a blessing to work closely with pastors all over the nation to ensure that our community is informed about their rights.”
Harrington said her church also looks to help immigrant rights groups in other ways: by hosting meetings where groups teach immigrants about their legal rights, by providing free childcare at those meetings, and sometimes just by offering them office supplies.
“By offering a copier for people to make copies of training materials, you begin to build a relationship of trust,” she said. “And from that relationship, you’re able to do more radical work when the time comes.”
Latino churches have a big concern that Trump is going to deport their congregation. This has spurred the churches to help the illegals to know their rights and even use church equipment for the mountain of paperwork they have to complete.
Elements of Accomplice Liability With some variations, depending on the state, a prosecutor must be able to prove the following four elements in order to convict someone for being an accomplice or aiding and abetting: A crime was committed by another individual; The defendant "aided, counseled, commanded, or encouraged" the other person in the commission of the crime. The defendant acted with the requisite mental state in their jurisdiction,for example, knowingly or purposefully, to assist in the crime (see Mens Rea - A Defendant's Mental State).