Group leads "Pilgrimage for Citizenship" to Yuma in support of immigration reform
A Phoenix-based organization that is campaigning for passage of an immigration reform bill in Congress will be in the Yuma area on Sunday as part of a statewide campaign aimed at rallying support for the legislation.
Alicia Luna, Promise Arizona's coordinator for Yuma County, said part of the purpose of the organization's visit is to change attitudes among area residents who are apathetic about reform.
"A lot of people have the idea that nothing is happening in Yuma County because they don't see the massive deportations that are witnessed in other communities," Luna said. "But we know that there would be many families that would benefit if reform is approved."
The legislation, which would offer a path to legal status and eventual citizenship to an estimated 11 million now living in the country illegally, has passed the U.S. Senate and moved to the House.
Activities in Yuma held as part of the statewide Pilgrimage for Citizenship begin at 1 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church with Father Javier Perez leading a 1 p.m. mass. Scheduled to follow at 2 p.m. in the church is a community forum that will cover the topic of the legislation.
At 7 p.m. Promise Arizona will travel to San Luis, Ariz., for a border prayer vigil in support of the immigration reform that will take place near the border fence.