The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where generations of newcomers first set foot on American soil, peaked through a clouded background as the “Nuns on the Bus” kicked off its national tour for immigration reform at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J. on May 29.
This marked the first stop of what is slated to be a 6,500-mile, three-week bus ride that ends at Angel Island, San Francisco. It was organized by the social justice lobby, Network, to give a faith-based push to immigration-reform legislation now being debated in Congress.
They are promoting, say tour organizers, immigration reform that ensures family unity; protects the rights of immigrant workers; acknowledges that U.S. borders are already secure, with only minor changes needed; speeds up processing of already-approved immigrants; enhances the present diversity visa program and provides a clear and direct pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people who are undocumented in the U.S.
While Catholic Sisters head up the tour, the push for immigration reform has united religious groups across political and denominational spectrums.
At this kickoff event, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, joined Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan as key speakers. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops and its Justice for Immigrants campaign are participating in events along the route.
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