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Religious leaders to hold prayer rally to urge Rep. Erik Paulsen to support immigration reform

A Lutheran bishop and a Catholic bishop will lead the Saturday prayer rally in Chaska.

A Saturday prayer rally in Chaska will call upon Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen to publicly support a path to citizenship in immigration reform legislation pending in Congress.

Bishop Ann Svennungsen, ELCA Minneapolis Synod, and Bishop Lee Pichè, Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, are among the clergy scheduled to attend the rally.

Paulsen and GOP Congressman John Kline were named earlier this summer by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as among 23 Republicans who might be swayed by their constituents to support immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship.

Saturday’s rally will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Chaska.

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Organizers say those attending will “worship, listen to testimonies from those directly affected by our broken immigration system and … pray for all American immigrant families.”

And, they say:

Third Congressional District Rep. Erik Paulsen has been invited to attend and will be encouraged to publicly support a just, fair and direct path to citizenship when immigration reform legislation comes before the House of Representatives.