Not Just Arizona
Since passage of Arizona’s controversial anti-immigrant bill in April, Arizonans worried about racial profiling and the spread of fear and anxiety in their communities have been keeping a constant vigil at the Arizona statehouse. Their presence and prayers are a powerful testament to their opposition to the law and a call for Arizona to act on its best values, not its basest instincts.
Now, as state legislatures around the country are considering legislation, people of faith are taking a stand and telling their legislators–”not in my state.” The Interfaith Immigration Coalition is spearheading a “rolling vigil”–”rolling” from region to region for the next 8 weeks, as people of faith pray together, standing in solidarity with the people of Arizona and reminding Congress that the urgent need for comprehensive reform isn’t letting up. In fact, Arizona’s draconian law and the possibility of similar legislation cropping up in other states only speaks to the increasing cost of federal inaction.
Given how important the faith voice has been to keeping immigration reform on the political agenda, it’s great to see how this “rolling vigil”–the Isaiah 58 Summer– is getting some positive television coverage in Philadelphia this week:
Hopefully this creative campaign– and the faith community’s constant reminder of why we need to stem the tide of extremist state legislation and pass federal immigration reform– will make a critical difference.