On February 20, 2009 the Interfaith community in Nashville, Tennessee came together to pray and urge Congress to pass just and humane immigration reform. The vigil was organized by our partners at the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. Nearly 500 people of diverse faiths and backgrounds heard inspirational testimonies, demonstrating that immigration reform affects not only one race, religion or community but all Americans.
The testimonies reflected the struggles of not only the undocumented individuals living in the shadows of our communities but also of refugees and guest workers; all people caught up in the broken system who are hoping for a better future. Muslims, Jews, Christians and others stood together as one to show that NOW is the time for not only change but immigration reform.
The vigil was part of a National effort organized by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition. Over 150 vigils for Immigration Reform have been held across the country, as communities stand together to call for immigration policies that keep families together, bring immigrants out of the shadows and ensure dignity and respect for all people.