Thousands to Gather Saturday to Highlight Impacts of Broken Immigration System on Families
New York, NY
On January 10, 2009, religious leaders and New York City Council members held a large-scale community meeting calling for comprehensive immigration reform.
Leaders discussed the urgent need to reform our immigration laws. The gathering brought together more than 2,000 members of the local religious community. This event is part of a series of national events organized by the Hispanic Evangelical community; other events include, Chicago, IL on December 6 and 7, 2008, and Albuquerque, NM on January 17, 2009.
The gathering drew attention to families living in fear of deportation due to our broken immigration system and will feature the testimonies of family members of undocumented immigrants, in addition to a prayer session and petition signing. Religious leaders and policymakers will called on President Obama to champion comprehensive immigration legislation during his first year and to end the immigration raids that have targeted immigrant workers and their families.