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100-Year-Old Church Closes Amid Fear of Immigration Raids

After 100 years of serving parishioners, the All Saints Church in Detroit has closed its doors. On Dec. 31 they held their last mass. Many factors are listed as to why the historic church had to close, including financial issues and a newly constructed highway nearby. However, some point the main cause to immigration raids.

A reverend at a nearby church says a rise in immigration raids impacted attendance, and Latinos stopped showing up.

“ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has an informal agreement that they have affirmed that they will not go into churches and not hassle people going to church,” Rev. Marc Gawronski, a pastor at the neighboring St. Gabriel church, told The Detroit Free Press, adding that despite that agreement, “people are even nervous about being able to get up in the morning and go to church.”

The Latino community has always been a huge part of Michigan’s history, dating back to the early 1900s. They’ve also created roots with the local Catholic churches. But now with increased raids many are not even leaving their homes.

The Detroit Free Press reports that only three people showed up to one of the last Spanish-language masses.


In 2017, ICE conducted several raids throughout Michigan. Many of the raids have targeted Iraqi nationals, as well Mexicans and South Americans.

Last month, 27 undocumented immigrants were detained by ICE in raids conducted in Western Michigan.

“Operations like this one demonstrate ICE’s continued focus on the arrest of dangerous criminal aliens as well as those who enter the United States illegally,” Rebecca Adducci, field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations in Detroit, said in a released statement. “I applaud the dedicated men and women of ICE who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe.”

Raids have increased immensely in the area since the election of President Donald Trump.

The ramp up in raids has caused many undocumented immigrants to stay indoors, and even away from sanctuary sites like churches. Some are even afraid to go to work.

In May, three Latino men were detained while working at an upscale restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

All detainees had no criminal background, but were taken because they couldn’t show proper documentation.

In a released statement on the detainments at Sava’s Restaurant, ICE said:

“While conducting a targeted enforcement action at Sava’s restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers encountered and arrested three individuals on immigration violations. Sergio Cardenas Rubio and Jesus Ortiz Hernandez unlawfully entered the United States without inspection at an unknown date and location. Mohamed Souman lawfully entered the country, but did not depart in accordance with the terms of his status. All three are currently in ICE custody.”

All Saints Church opened on Nov. 1, 1896. Only their soup kitchen that feeds hundreds of families will remain open.

“We knew the parishioners were low, and that could contribute to closure,”  Gabriela Bravo told the Detroit Free Press. “But in my case, I was surprised. I was hoping the Archdiocese would do something to save the church.”

People on Facebook had mixed reaction about the closing of the church.

CREDIT: Facebook

READ: A Guy In A Fake ICE Jacket Showed Up To A California Church And Took Pictures Of Churchgoers

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East Coast Latinos Are Handling The Snow Storm Like Champs

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East Coast Latinos Are Handling The Snow Storm Like Champs

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For the past few days, the East Coast has been enduring its first snowstorm of 2018.

Weather forecasters are calling it #BombCyclone (or Winter Storm Grayson or Bombo-genesis. Yeah, it has a lot of names). It’s spread throughout the Eastern Seaboard, especially hitting Massachusetts, New York, and the surrounding areas. The snowstorm is so big, it covers almost half the country. While the Bomb Cyclone has passed in some ares, many states are still in its eye.

Countless flights have been canceled in several states, and reports indicate flooding, closed roads, and power outages.

The good news is that it’s supposed to be somewhat warmer next week. I know people out on the West Coast are laughing at us, but at least we know how to brave the cold temperatures.

Here’s how Latinos handled the bitter temps like true champs!

Officially Ugg season!

If you don’t have to proper shoe wear, don’t bother leaving your house.

And this person who documented their journey “to buy tacos in a snowstorm! #Priorities”

Unfortunately, the taco place was closed! “It’s a sad ending to my taco story.”

Things got really bad in Boston.

Cristela Guerra, a reporter for the Boston Globe, captured incredible images and video of the snowstorm in Boston. They saw major flooding and wind gusts of more than 70 mph. Some areas had as much as 18 inches of snow.

Even out in North Carolina, people opted to stay indoors.

Who is actually delivering in this weather? Grub hub or Postmates? I'm in Hope Valley.

Posted by Claudia Corletto on Thursday, January 4, 2018

While Coastal towns saw dramatically more snow than the inland areas, which caused power outages and road closures. People in the inland areas were advised to not drive because of the bad weather conditions.

Even so, for many it wasn’t too cold for tacos.

In D.C. this taco restaurant was open and serving up the goods.

A snowstorm is the perfect time for binge-watching and cuddling.

It’s my day off and there’s a snowstorm outside. Happy to be home, cuddling with my Brooklyn and watching Dave Chappelle 💕

Posted by Amaris Castillo-Cardona on Thursday, January 4, 2018

That little puppy looks perfectly peaceful and isn’t interested in going outside.

Bundling up in Connecticut.

Her nails are still on point though!

A little cold weather doesn’t mean you can’t take in high culture.

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Girls day out @guggenheim

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We should say this picture was taken just a day before the storm hit, but that outfit is perfect to bear cold temps.

Winter weather style never looked this good.

This fashion blogger knows how to go out in the cold.

A Philly fam made time to enjoy the pretty snow.

That snow is perfect for making snow angels too!

One thing is sure, Latinos will make it to work regardless of how cold it is.

READ: You Are NEVER Too Old to Try Abuelita’s Tried and True Cold Remedies

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