National Immigration Update!

Kristin Kumpf |

On September 15th, hundreds of faith and community leaders gathered in Washington D.C. for a national interfaith forum and lobby day on immigration reform.This past Wednesday, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010. The bill retains several elements of former immigration reform bills, including theDREAM Act and AgJOBS in their entirety, increased worker protections, and a pathway to legalization.

On September 15th, hundreds of faith and community leaders gathered in Washington D.C. for a national interfaith forum and lobby day on immigration reform. IWJ network leaders and friends from Florida, Arizona, California, and Kansas City took part in the day’s actions, including sharing testimonies at the forum about how our broken immigration system has separated families and affected working people across the country. Many thanks to those who participated!

Save the Date! IWJ will again be joining with the national New Sanctuary Movement and other faith-based organizations and congregations during the December holiday season to host a National Week of Interfaith Prayer and Action in support of just and humane immigration reform. We invite local congregations and organizations to start thinking about hosting prayer vigils, posadas, or other public events during that time. For more information or resources, or to be involved in any part of IWJ’s immigration campaign, contact Kristin Kumpf, Associate Organizing Director, at kkumpf@iwj.org.