Immigration reform march through Minneapolis set for Saturday

Groups that want immigration reform passed in the U.S. House this year will march through downtown Minneapolis on Saturday.

The government shutdown isn’t affecting planning for the event, which will start at 12:30 p.m. with an interfaith service at the Basilica of St. Mary and then proceed with the march to the Hennepin County Government Center for a 2 p.m. rally.

Leaders from the business, faith, education and immigrant communities are scheduled to speak. Among those on the agenda are:

  • William Blazer (Minnesota Chamber of Commerce)
  • Steve Hunter (Minnesota AFL-CIO)
  • Javier Morillo (SEIU Local 26)
  • Larry Pogemiller (Minnesota Office of Higher Education)
  • The Rev. Paul Erickson (St. Paul Area Synod — Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
  • Pastor Paul Slack (New Creation Church in Minneapolis, ISAIAH president)

Similar events will be held around the country, organizers say, “to pressure members of Congress to pass comprehensive reform that strengthens our economy, preserves the unity of families, and protects the rights of workers.”

They note that the Senate passed an immigration bill in June.

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