Supporters gather at church where immigrants have sought refuge

Posted: Updated:
Supporters gather at church were immigrants have sought refuge Supporters gather at church were immigrants have sought refuge
HIGHLAND PARK -

Sunday services at the Reformed Church of Highland Park were different this week, especially for one congregant.

Harry Pangemanan isn't just worshiping at the church, he's now living there. As News 12 has reported, the Indonesian immigrant believes ICE agents showed up at his house Thursday to take him in for possible deportation. Pangemanan , who's been living in the U.S. for over 25 years, fled to the church to seek refuge.

As News 12 has reported, the very next day, his Highland Park house was broken into and ransacked, as was the home of another man, Arthur Jemmy, who's sought refuge at the church since October. Pangemanan and Jemmy say they think it could have possibly been part of an ICE raid, or a potential hate crime.

"We don't know who did this, but when two homes in two towns get burglarized and both individuals are living in sanctuary  it's too coincidental," says Pastor Seth Kaper-Dale.

While the services were being held inside the church, outside was a strong show of solidarity from the extended interfaith community of Highland Park.  A group stood on guard, offering security and support.

There is a third Indonesian man also living in the church. He came to the sanctuary about three weeks ago.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • Behind the Scenes of Disney On Ice

    Behind the Scenes of Disney On Ice

    Behind the Scenes: Disney on IceBehind the Scenes: Disney on Ice

    Take a sneak peak behind the scenes of Disney on Ice! The show made a stop at the Nassau Coliseum.

    Take a sneak peak behind the scenes of Disney on Ice! The show made a stop at the Nassau Coliseum.

  • 2018 Country Music Award Association Awards

    2018 Country Music Award Association Awards

    Photos from the 2018 Country Music Award Association Awards on Nov. 14, 2018.

    Photos from the 2018 Country Music Award Association Awards on Nov. 14, 2018.

  • The 'worst toys' for the holidays, according to safety group

    The 'worst toys' for the holidays, according to safety group

    Tuesday, November 13 2018 6:35 PM EST2018-11-13 23:35:07 GMT

    A Black Panther “slash claw” and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the items topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holiday season.

    A Black Panther “slash claw” and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the items topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holiday season.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."