KENOSHA, Wis. (WTAQ) - A national religious social justice group held an immigration rally in Kenosha Thursday. About 200 people marched from a church to the Kenosha County Jail, to pray for illegal immigrants being held there – and to urge Congress to pass immigration reform.
Milwaukee pastor Dennis Jacobson, head of the Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus, said they were offering, “a prophetic voice against the hateful mindset in Arizona.” That state’s been under fire for making it a crime to be in the U.S. illegally. The Kenosha jail has an agreement with the federal government to house immigrant detainees.
Gamaliel leaders want President Obama to shut down those facilities, and stop holding and deporting illegal immigrants who have not committed crimes. Also, Jacobson said 21 pastors have agreed to conduct civil disobedience if Washington fails to act. They were among 100 attending a three-day Gamaliel conference in Illinois.
U.S. Senate Democrats announced a framework for reform Thursday. It would give immigrants an eventual path to citizenship, create a process to admit temporary employees, and put hard sanctions on employers who hire illegal immigrants. Republicans say more needs to be done to secure our borders.