December 30, 2008

Latino Ministers Gather In Washington for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Contact: Rev. Ephraim Rivera
(202) 615-7444

WASHINGTON, DC- The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC) the main Latino evangelical, christian and pentecostal pastor's advocacy organization in the Country, is calling for an URGENT DAY OF PRAYER FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM at Capitol Hill in Washington DC.

Hundreds of church members of the Maryland, Virginia and DC Latino evangelical churches, will gather at 10:30am, on January 7, 2009, at the steps of the Cannon Capitol Complex Building (corner of Independence and New Jersey Ave SW) for a prayer rally and a joint Press Conference, with Congressman Luis Gutierrez(D) from Illinois and other members of Congress.

In a letter dated November 6, 2008, CONLAMIC has called upon President-Elect Barack Obama and members of the 111th Congress to provide strong leadership that will effectively address Comprehensive Immigration Reform during first 100 days of the Obama Administration.

"As a matter of high moral and traditional family values approach, we ask that the Obama Administration stop the raids, incarceration, and deportation of fathers, mothers and sons who are victims of a broken immigration system that has resulted in dividing families and increasing anti-immigrant sentiment, thus polarizing our communities and increasing the number of hate crimes against Latino immigrants," said Rev. Miguel Rivera, President of CONLAMIC.

Members of the President-Elect Barack Obama's Christian advisory team, including Rev. Antonio Bolainez from McAllen, TX and Rev. Herman Perez from Chicago, IL will also be present to address the Press at this event.

Well known national Evangelical leaders, including Rev. Walter Coleman from Chicago, Rev. Jorge Rascke from Puerto Rico, Rev. Luis Cortes from Philadelphia, New York State Senator, Rev. Ruben Diaz and Rev. Bishop Kittim Silva from New York have been invited to attend.

"We commend the efforts of Congressman Gutierrez and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez who are both committed to this issue and with a bipartisan support, at the Senate and the House of Representatives, this legislation can be accomplished. America needs social and spiritual healing, due to so much racial intolerance and the first step forward to seek such healing process is by, all Members of Congress and President-elect Obama, to come forward and do what is right on behalf of civil and human rights'" said Rev. Rivera.

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