A file image of the Little Village neighborhood in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Chicago's history as a self-proclaimed sanctuary city dates back to 1985, when then Mayor Harold Washington issued an executive order prohibiting city employees from enforcing federal immigration laws.

Maria Macario pauses as she talks about her family during an interview at the First Parish church, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, in Bedford, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Those who have taken sanctuary have enlisted lawmakers to ask President Joe Biden for relief, pushing to cancel deportation orders and reviving the use of private bills — measures to protect a person or group.

A panel of local religious leaders joins us to talk about the racially motivated shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina and how they are addressing safety concerns from their congregations.