June 21, 2007

CONLAMIC Leaders in Georgia to Hold Prayer Vigil for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Atlanta, Georgia – On Friday, June 22nd at 10:00a.m., more than one thousand Latino Pastors from all over the state of Georgia will gather to hold a prayer vigil at the entrance of Senator Saxby Chambliss district office located at 100 Galleria Parkway, in Atlanta. The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC), the largest Latino Christian advocacy organization in the nation stands firmly in support of Senate Bill 1348 and the STRIVE Act (HR-1645) and has organized multi-state effort to mobilize Latino pastors in support of a comprehensive solution to our nation’s broken immigration system.

“The Latino Evangelical leaders from throughout Georgia are gathering for a prayer vigil to publicly thank Senator Chambliss for his courage, integrity, and leadership in this fight to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill and to pray for a swift approval for the Senate and House bills,” said Reverend Miguel Rivera, President of CONLAMIC.

”We urge members of the Senate to pass this critical legislation. The millions of good hardworking people and our nation’s economy are depending on it,” added Rev. Miguel Rivera.

“Our leaders will be holding prayer vigils these next 10 days in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Rhode Island, Washington DC, Florida and other states this month to demonstrate our commitment comprehensive immigration reform. We pray that our leaders in Congress will have the courage to whats moral and just - to pass this legislation,” added Rev. Rivera.

"Latino pastors of diverse faiths from Atlanta and throughout the state are gathering together in unity to pray for a solution to this critical issue and an end to the anti-immigrant sentiment. Together we will pray for members of Congress to show compassion towards our community and fix our broken immigration system,” said Rev. Mansogo.

"The three major Christian radio stations hit the airwaves yesterday to create a dialog on the issue of immigration reform and telephones lines were clogged with audience members wanting to express support for the members of Congress who have shown courage to do what's right in pushing this comprehensive immigration bill forward. Today these Christians will join in Atlanta to pray that Congress reaches a full consensus and passes a new bill that will serve as a blessing to our nation," concluded Rev. Mansogo.

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