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FIRM Spotlight: CIRC turns out for the Family Unity Tour

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On Saturday, the Famliy Unity tour made a stop in Northglenn, Colorado – one of 23 cities visited on the tour to date.   Our partners at the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) helped organize turnout for the event. Over 1500 people gathered at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church to hear testimony from families who have suffered at the hands of our broken immigration system.

The Family Unity tour has brought together lawmakers, religious leaders, families and advocates in an unprecedented glimpse into the human side of the immigration debate.

At Saturday’s event, attendees heard testimony from (among others) a child whose father had been arrested, a mother who feared for the safety of her family and a teacher who has seen the future of bright students destroyed by the broken system.

U.S. Rep Jared Polis and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ Immigration Task Force, were joined by Polis and Gutierrez were joined by Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput, the Revs. Greg Ames and Andrew Simpson, Imam Abdur-Rahim Ali and Rabbi Tirzah Firestone at the event, pushing for reform of a system that continues to separate children from parents and destroy families everyday.

“President Obama, you made a promise for comprehensive immigration reform, but in May you canceled a meeting and last Wednesday you canceled a meeting. You should cancel those orders of deportation, that’s what you should be canceling.

“It’s time we stop this immigration system that destroys families.”

You can find a  roundup of coverage below.


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