A decision was made at the May 20th Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform meeting to mobilize faith community participation in a New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform event to be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 28th at 26 Federal Plaza –the NYC headquarters of ICE.
As immigrant family-separating deportations continue and advocates grow increasingly frustrated by the lack of action on immigration reform, the event is being held on the June 28th National Day of Action - the one year anniversary of the passage of the Senate CIR bill - with the following message: Deportations that separate immigrant families must come to an end. The House must pass immigration reform legislation that keeps families together and puts undocumented immigrants on a path to citizenship, and the Obama Administration must stop the deportations that are shattering immigrant lives and families.
The event will involve a "human chain of solidarity” in front of the building, and will begin with a press conference that frames our message. Because a strong turnout is vital to the event's success, we are asking faith community leaders who are able to participate to do so, and also to mobilize participation of their congregants/constituents. Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, June 17, whether you will be there and encourage others to join you.