More than 70 people from eight local churches, several immigrant rights groups, and immigrant families gathered with candles and processed to the Department of Homeland Security in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The local band, L@s Otr@s, brought guitars and a violin and led the group in traditional Las Posadas songs.
Six clergy/religious leaders representing the Catholic, Episcopal, Unitarian, United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ, Mennonite and Quaker churches read statements from their faith traditions about immigration. Some read from the Bible; others gave sermons.
Univision, the largest Spanish language television network, covered the events and interviewed multiple people, including an immigrant family who bravely shared their horror story of immigration. A local newspaper also covered the event.
Security officers from DHS did approach the gathering but moved back from the crowd when a Catholic priest began reading from the Bible.
The event was organized by the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice. The vigil coincided with Rep. Luis Gutierrez's introduction of comprehensive immigration reform today in the US Congress.
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