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Faith Leaders Announce 48 Hour Vigil For Immigration Law Supreme Court Case

April 23, 2012, 4:08 pm | Posted by Nick Sementelli

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in United States v. Arizona, the court case challenging The Grand Canyon State’s harsh anti-immigrant law SB 1070.

In preparation for the arguments, more than 100 national faith leaders and local DC clergy kicked off a 48 hour vigil at a press conference this morning to highlight the law’s immoral motivations and dangerous consequences.

Rabbi Noam Marans, Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations for the American Jewish Committee, explained the coalition’s goal:

The diverse religious leadership of America joins together as the conscience of this great nation, to urge our judges to strike down Arizona’s SB 1070 and fulfill the American promise of opportunity and fairness for our immigrant community, reflected in the Biblical proposition that we are all created in God’s image.

Also speaking was Rev. John T. Crestwell, Jr., Associate Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis; Sr. Pat McDermott, RSM, President, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas; Father Peter Lyons, TOR, of the Franciscan Action Network; Lisa Sharon Harper, Director of Mobilizing for Sojourners; and Rev. Noel Anderson, Church World Service.

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