Prayer rally in Springfield for immigrant justice, protection

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Leaders of faith, immigrants, and supporters came together in Springfield on Wednesday morning for a second “Jericho Walk” to call for immigrant justice.

The Jericho Walk was a project of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center’s faith organizing committee. Over 20 congregations actively participate in the network.

This walk also has a special significance, as three undocumented immigrants are currently taking sanctuary throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Following the walk this morning, a delegation of clergy are planning to deliver more than a thousand letters of support for Lucio Perez to the U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in downtown Springfield.

Religious leaders and immigration supporters hope the “Letters for Lucio” campaign, will help his case.

So far, the campaign has received more than 1,000 letters asking the immigration board of appeals to grant Perez a stay of removal.

“Everyone is coming together in solidarity right now to demand that,” Andrea Schmid of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center told 22News, “and to demand that the judge and the people involved in this case see that we are all watching and we are all with him.”

Perez is a Guatemalan immigrant taking sanctuary in the First Congregational Church Amherst while he waits for the Bureau of Immigration Appeals to determine the outcome of his case.

The walk began at 10 a.m. at 1550 Main Street.

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