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FIRM Spotlight: TIRRC Hosts Prayer Vigil for Immigration Reform

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On February 20, 2009 the Interfaith community in Nashville, Tennessee came together to pray and urge Congress to pass just and humane immigration reform. The vigil was organized by our partners at the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. Nearly 500 people of diverse faiths and backgrounds heard inspirational testimonies, demonstrating that immigration reform affects not only one race, religion or community but all Americans.

The testimonies reflected the struggles of not only the undocumented individuals living in the shadows of our communities but also of refugees and guest workers; all people caught up in the broken system who are hoping for a better future. Muslims, Jews, Christians and others stood together as one to show that NOW is the time for not only change but immigration reform.

The vigil was part of a National effort organized by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition. Over 150 vigils for Immigration Reform have been held across the country, as communities stand together to call for immigration policies that keep families together, bring immigrants out of the shadows and ensure dignity and respect for all people.

Across the Country, People Pray for Immigrants

Last week the Interfaith Immigration Coalition launched the “Prayer, Renewal and Action on Immigration” campaign, calling on faith and community leaders to hold vigils and pray for the protection of immigrants and their families and the moral courage of leaders in Washington to promote just and humane Immigration Reform.

So far, over 130 vigils have been registered – for a full list of vigils, check out www.ANewDayforImmigration.org.

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Right now, we are witnessing a tremendous outpouring of support for immigration reform from faith and community leaders across the country. This past weekend, at least 30 of the first vigils were held – below is a roundup of media coverage from those events.

The tide is turning in the immigration debate. Folks are tired of the abusive tactics of the past 8 years and are demanding  an immigration system that fits with our values, supports our communities and maintains family unity.

Dallas Morning News: From Dallas church, people pray for ‘humane and just’ immigration reform

Idaho Press Tribune: Vigil will focus on immigration

Aurora Sentinel: Faith calls together crowd for immigration vigil

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Interfaith church vigil calls for immigration reform

WHEC News: Immigration reform prayer service

ABC 11 News: Immigration supporters pray for change

North Carolina News Network: Prayer For An End To Immigration Raids

Raleigh News & Observer: Prayer vigil focuses on immigration

WRAL News: Raleigh joins national vigil for immigration reform

Omaha World Herald: Bishops take on immigrant policies

Virginian Pilot: Religious group to host immigration talk in Va. Beach

Alter Net: Religious Leaders Help Shape Immigration Debate

Christian Post: Faith Leaders Re-Ignite Immigration Debate

The Hill: Immigration reform advocates push forward in tough economy

Decorah Journal: Postville prayer vigil Thursday

MSNBC: Immigration reform prayer service

Jersey Journal: Immigration vigil tonight

Catholic News Agency: Nebraska bishops use input from laity to tackle immigration reform

Columbus Telegram: Bishops urge care with immigrants

Cary News: Cary immigration reform group holds training session

Great Falls Tribune: Immigration bill targets illegal workers

San Diego Union Tribune: Bilingual workshop set to help with immigration

Annapolis Capital: Immigrants march to protest Va. county’s policies

ACTION: Prayer Vigils For Renewal and Action on Immigration

This past week kicked off the Interfaith Immigration Coalition’s Prayer for Renewal and Action on Immigration events. Hundreds of communities will be hosting prayer vigils for the protection of immigrant families and the leadership of President Obama and Members of Congress to enact humane immigration reform.  Immigrant families and workers are living in a state of fear, constantly worrying about the next raid that would rip parents and children apart, or how the increasing anti-immigrant sentiment will impact their families.   Now is the time to restore dignity and respect to all families and communities.

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Yesterday a vigil was held in Raleigh, NC. Advocates gathered at the N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church, called for President Barack Obama and Congress to enact humane immigration reform.

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And there was also a vigil in Dallas, TX.

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The rally assembled U.S.-born activists with immigrants hailing from such places as Pakistan, Brazil and the Congo to listen to religious music as well as Christian, Muslim and Jewish speakers.

Many cited the election of President Barack Obama, whose father was a Kenyan immigrant, as hope for a change in the approach to immigration legislation. In recent years, there’s been a vocal call among many conservatives to crack down on illegal immigration and have law enforcement work harder to return illegal immigrants to their home countries.

“Taxpayers shouldn’t have to live in fear of being separated from their children,” said Rev. Owen K. Ross, pastor of Christ’s Foundry of the United Methodist Church.

For more information on the Prayer Vigils and for a list of vigils across the country, check out www.ANewDayforImmigration.org.