Anton Flores-Maisonet did not set out to provide sanctuary. Yet, accompanying immigrants in LaGrange, Georgia, Flores found he was called to a set of political activities of resistance and solidarity that added up to a practice of creating sanctuary with his undocumented neighbors. Though we typically think of sanctuary as a potentially confrontational political act enabled by the invocation of religious authority, in Flores’s practice sanctuary combines social work as triage and social change as revolution. While sanctuary does not resolve the tension between these models, this interview examines the ways that the practice of sanctuary has provided an orienting point of conceptual and political integration. Sanctuary, in this case, is constructed by a set of everyday tasks: it does not rely on traditional, religious authority alone but is animated by an improvisational political theology that creates platforms for solidarity in which love crosses borders.

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