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Interfaith Pilgrimage in Aurora and Denver in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

June 9, 2010

MOP organized a three-stop pilgrimage, on June 6th, to highlight the moral and human case for comprehensive immigration reform.  Hundreds participated in the pilgrimage through Aurora and Denver.  The pilgrimage kicked-off at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Aurora where "Pilgrims" boldly gave up their personal identification cards as a sign of solidarity with fellow Coloradans who are restricted from attaining personal identification documents like a driver's license or passport because of their legal status. Pilgrims and community members were joined by Senator Morgan Carroll and a representative for Congressman Ed Perlmutter, both pledging their support for immigration reform and the DREAM Act. 

Then "Undocumented Pilgrims" boarded a bus taking them to the second stop, the Immigration Detention Center in Aurora.  Our "Undocumented Pilgrims" stood safely outside the Immigration Detention Center in solidarity with hundreds of other undocumented pilgrims who are currently detained inside, separated from their loved ones and children.  Finally, our "Undocumented Pilgrims" boarded the bus the final stop to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Denver for an interfaith prayer vigil. 

Faith leaders from diverse traditions, Jewish, Presbyterian, Mennonite, Lutheran and Catholic spoke about the great need for immigration reform for all Coloradoans including our "Undocumented Pilgrims".   

The Pilgrimage was a response to the lack of movement on behalf of the President and Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform legislation. "So we walk in each other's shoes together, sharing the pain and holding out for the hope." concluded Reverend Bill Calhoun.  MOP faith leaders and Coloradans support a resolution rooted in human dignity and respect.