Faith in Florida To Hold Prayer Vigil to Oppose State Senate Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities
Feb. 22, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bernice Lauredan, Treasure Coast Organizer, Faith in Florida (772) 777-6357
Faith in Florida To Hold Prayer Vigil To Oppose State Senate Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities
PALM CITY, FL . - On Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m., area religious leaders and communities of faith will hold a prayer vigil in front of Republican state Sen. Joe Negron’s Palm City office to oppose legislation (Senate Bill 308) that would ban sanctuary cities and require local law enforcement agencies to comply with federal immigration law.
Faith in Florida, which is organizing the vigil, is a multicultural, nonpartisan network of congregations that promotes faith values in public policy. The purpose of the vigil is to urge Negron to support immigrants and communities of color, organizers said, and stand against racism and policies that criminalize immigrant populations.
“We reject the idea that our local government should be forced to turn its back on immigrants or that our communities should be victims of racial profiling,” said Maria Revelles, organizing director for Faith in Florida. “Many of these families are basically refugees and beloved members of our communities and churches but are treated like criminals. We reject that.”
The vigil is the latest effort by faith communities to demonstrate “the enduring power of love for family and commitment to humane values,” she said.
"This bill is unnecessary because it seeks to solve a problem that doesn't exist, and it does so by targeting the weakest members of society. It criminalizes ordinary people trying to make a life for themselves,” said Deacon Larry Condon, a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Stuart, Fla. "S.B. 308 is mean-spirited and runs counter to the gospel we follow as Christians. Our immigration system is broken but this isn't the solution; comprehensive immigration reform is."
WHAT: Prayer vigil to oppose Senate Bill 308
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m.
WHERE: 3500 Southwest Corporate Parkway, Palm City, FL 34990
WHO: Area communities of faith and religious leaders, including Faith in Florida
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The mission of Faith in Florida is to build a powerful, multi-cultural, non-partisan network of congregation community organizations in Florida that will address systemic racial and economic issues that cause poverty for our families. With multiple different religious denominations and faith traditions represented, Faith in Florida seeks to provide a prophetic, interfaith voice on rights restoration, immigrant justice and health care expansion. Faith in Florida is nonpartisan and is not aligned explicitly or implicitly with any candidate or party. We do not endorse or support candidates for office.
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