Following an early morning Mass, in which he led prayers for the chapel to be saved from the wall, Father Roy told The Telegraph: “We’ve declined to let them in to survey, and we’re going to court next month. You can’t just put walls everywhere, there are people already living here. Stop and think about it.
“We have 2,000 people here on Palm Sunday – how are people going to get to church?”
The church’s lawyers will argue in court that the wall is an infringement of its constitutional right to religious freedom, and its responsibility to protect the destitute.
Father Roy added: “Look, there is no crisis. It’s just poor people coming across looking for jobs. They’ve been doing it for over 100 years.
“Donald Trump says hordes of Vandals and savages are waiting to come across the river and murder us. But that’s not what I see. I find people hiding in the church, and they’re more scared of me than I am of them.
“Nobody thinks we should have an open border, but a wall is a terrible symbol. As Mr Trump likes to say, we’re strong and smart in America. We can think of a better idea.”