>> Around the clock church service to stop an Armenian family being deported from the Netherlands ended Wednesday in success for the migrants. The government has agreed to tweak their immigration rules. The Tamrazyan family took sanctuary at the Bethel church in the Hague in October, and supporters there have prayed there non stop ever since.
The cause is a law that prevents police from entering a place of worship while service is in progress, effectively blocking their deportation. Late on Tuesday, the Dutch Cabinet had a change of heart and allowed the Tamrazyans and other migrants rejected for permanent residence to stay. Seeking sanctuary in churches is a phenomena that has crossed the Atlantic.
Dozens of migrants are believed to be sheltering in places of worship in the United States, such as a family from El Salvador was being supported by a church in Maryland earlier in January. The decision was a surprising move from Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's center-right's government, who were trying to present a tough start on immigration, to avoid losing ground to opposition parties.