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March 28, 1985

Two Sanctuary Movement workers were sentenced to federal prison terms in Brownsville, Tex., for aiding Salvadoran refugees who entered the United States illegally. Jack Elder, 41, director of the Catholic-sponsored Casa Oscar Romero refugee shelter in San Benito, Tex., and Stacey Lynn Merkt, 30, a lay worker, were also ordered to dissociate themselves from the Sanctuary Movement while appealing their cases. Elder was sentenced to six one-year prison terms to be served concurrently. Merkt was ordered to serve 179 days of an 18-month prison sentence.

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