Hispanic Churches Hold Prayer Vigil for Immigration Reform

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG -- More than two hundred people walked around Court Square on Sunday.

It was symbolic of the walk they're willing to take to achieve immigration reform in the city of Harrisonburg.

"This is the moment, the historical moment for change this problem," said Francisco Machado, a member of the Hispanic pastors that led sunday's vigil.

"I know this is a big problem, but we pray God. We asking god for a way. we asking God for very good knowledge," said Machado.

Michael Slashchev is a member of Francisco's church, one of the more than a dozen Hispanic churches that gathered to participate in the vigil.

He's an immigrant from Russia. He attended the event with his daughter.

"Everybody deserves the same rights and as America stands under freedom of speech, freedom of press and freedom of pursuit of happiness. We're here in pursuit of happiness," said Slashchev, an immigrant from Russia.

Pastors prayed for the future of immigration in this nation, they also prayed for representative Bob Goodlatte to help them to achieve it.

They event went as far as to pray outside his office.

In a letter to Representative Goodlatte, the Hispanic pastors detailed their demands.

In it, they're calling for a reform that solves immigration issues for the short, medium and long term, a path to citizenhip.

Furthermore, the Hispanic community wants to preserve work to advance family reunification and an increase in educational resources.

In addition, the churches are calling for assurance that interpretation and execution of the law does not violate due process.

"We're certainly hopefully wanting this message to go through to him," said Slashchev.

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