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LI Next Stop - Sending Immigration Prayers Toward Capitol Hill

PHOTO: Maryann Slutsky at recent immigration reform rally, who says people of many faiths will be joining business and labor leaders on Long Island in a call for reform. Photo Credit: Kevin Fung
PHOTO: Maryann Slutsky at recent immigration reform rally, who says people of many faiths will be joining business and labor leaders on Long Island in a call for reform. Photo Credit: Kevin Fung
August 29, 2013

NEW YORK - Faith leaders are joining with labor, business, and immigrant groups today, on Long Island to send the message that Congress needs to get back to work on immigration reform. It's the final week of a month-long prayer and action campaign.

Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, executive director, Long Island Wins, said the message is simple: A very broad coalition wants House Republicans to follow the example of Congressman Peter King and stop blocking reform.

"In light of the resistance of many House Republicans, we want Congressman King, House Republicans and all Americans to know that Long Island business, labor, faith and immigrant leaders stand with him," Slutsky said.

Today's event takes place at noon at the Congregational Church of Patchogue. Congress returns to the Hill after the Labor Day weekend.

Diane Steinman, PhD., director of the New York State Network for Immigration Reform, said Congress should remember the Golden Rule - and treat immigrants the same way they would want to be treated.

"We are the gorgeous mosaic of faithful New York, and we are united by a sense that this is not just a matter of American interest, this is a matter of America's moral fiber," Steinman explained.

Steinman warned that 2013 could be the last chance for comprehensive reform, adding that it may require key representatives like Peter King to take even bolder stands on the issue.

"We understand that this is an uphill battle and the stakes are very high. We would be proud to have him take a leadership role in moving comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship through the House," she urged.

Faith leaders of nearly every religious persuasion plan to join with Long Island business, labor and immigrant leaders at the event.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NY