by David Ramsey
The Arkansas Keeping Families Together Campaign, a coalition of groups in favor of immigration reform, will hold a vigil tonight at First United Methodist downtown at 7 p.m. Organizers hope to demonstrate local support for the Senate immigration reform bill to Sen. Mark Pryor, who is in town this weekend. Four Arkansas families will speak about about their personal experiences with fathers currently in detention or deportation proceedings.
Press release after the jump.
Arkansas Immigrant Families Mark Father’s Day with Vigil
Action to Remind Arkansas’ Senators of the Thousands of Fathers Separated From Their Families
LITTLE ROCK, AR — For thousands of immigrant families in Arkansas, Father’s Day is a reminder of the cruel separation of their families at the hands of the broken immigration system. Mass enforcement, detention and deportation continue to tear families and communities apart. Every day in the U.S., 1,500 fathers, mothers, children and friends are taken away and locked-up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
This Friday, Arkansas faith leaders and immigration activists in Little Rock will join immigrant communities across the country in holding “Father’s Day is for Families” actions to remind Congress and the Obama administration that family separations must end now.
Arkansas vigil organizers assert that family unity must be a vital part of any immigration reform legislation, and will call on Senators Pryor and Boozman to vote in favor of the immigration bill, S.744, when it comes to a vote at the end of this month. Four Arkansas families will speak at the vigil about their personal stories of fathers who are currently in detention or deportation proceedings.
Details regarding the vigil follow below:
Arkansas Interfaith Vigil for Immigration Reform
June 14, 2013
Little Rock, Arkansas
People of all faith across Arkansas will join in a vigil in Little Rock on June 14th to pray for Arkansas families that have been affected by the broken immigration system and bringing attention to a Gospel without borders. The vigil is timed with a visit by Senator Mark Pryor to Little Rock.
7:00pm start; First United Methodist Church: 723 Center St. Little Rock, AR 72201
Contact: Mireya Reith, 479-871-2168; email@example.com
Vigil host organizations and members for the “Arkansas Keeping Families Together Campaign” include: Arkansas Interfaith Alliance, Arkansas United Community Coalition, Arkansas Coalition for DREAM, El Zocalo, Arkansas Community Organization, Citizens’ First Congress, Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center, amongst others.