June 17, 2013

Prominent Faith Leaders Advocate for Immigration Reform

Prayer service on West Front Lawn of Capitol kicks off massive push on Gang of Eight Bill

At a critical time in the Senate debate on immigration reform, faith leaders from key states are converging on Washington, D.C., to advocate for just and humane immigration reform.

On Tuesday morning, pastors, nuns, rabbis, and lay leaders from 16 states will gather for an interfaith prayer service at 9 a.m. on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to call on the Senate to be on the right side of history and pass immigration reform bill S.744.

”We are here in Washington, D.C., to ensure the final bill is consistent with the American values of freedom, opportunity, and compassion for all,” said Rev. Dean Reed, who will speak at the service and is Executive Director of Justice For Our Neighbors in Dallas, Texas.

Leaders from national faith-based organizations along with DREAMers will speak about the urgent need for a roadmap to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans and for an immigration reform bill that is inclusive, accessible, and prioritizes family unity and reunification for immigrants and refugees.

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WHO: Church World Service, Evangelical leaders, Ohio DREAM Activists, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, ME, United Methodist Church, Sisters of Mercy, Disciples of Christ, United Church of Christ; and leaders from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Presbyterian Church in the USA, African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Episcopal Church

SPEAKERS: Rev. Dean Reed, Dallas, TX; Maria Sanchez, Ohio DREAM Activist; Rev. Dr. Ronald Degges, President, Disciples Home Missions, Indianapolis, IN; Rabbi Sigma Coran, Cincinnati, OH

WHEN: Tuesday, June 18, 9:00-9:45 a.m.

WHERE: West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol

CONTACT: Sidney Traynham / straynham@churchworldservice.org / 202-618-2778