As President-elect Donald Trump gets ready to take office on Jan. 20, 2017, hundreds of churches across the country have vowed to defy deportation policy by providing sanctuary to as many of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country as they can. Trump’s plans to deport unauthorized immigrants are more aggressive than President Barack Obama’s deportation program, according to The New York Times, which deported about 400,000 unauthorized immigrants during his first term in office.

Sources told The Washington Post just before Christmas that the Department of Homeland Security has already started preparation for a series of raids aimed at deporting hundreds of families who surged across the U.S. border since the start of last year. The raids that could begin as early as next month, are expected to be carried out nationwide by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and would be the first large-scale effort to deport families who fled violence in Central America, the sources said. READ MORE