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Utah holiday march to include multi-faith call for immigration reform

Published December 14, 2012 1:12 pm

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Sunday's Las Posadas procession through downtown Salt Lake City will not only re-enact the search of Mary and Joseph for an inn but will also mark yet another step in Utah's multi-faith march for humane immigration reform.

The holiday parade will begin at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple, and end at First United Methodist Church, 203 S. 200 East. There, a joint statement on immigration reform will be read, according to a news release from Crossroads Urban Center.

Signed by 13 community religious leaders, the document calls for "providing rational, reasonable opportunities for immigrants to become full participants in our nation."

"We believe that every person has value and must be granted basic human rights," it reads. "One of our basic rights is to emigrate to escape from poverty, political strife, or any other life or dignity-threatening circumstance."

The signers, according to the news release, include the Rev. Steve Klemz, pastor of Salt Lake City's Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church; the Rev. David Nichols, pastor at Salt Lake City's Mount Tabor Lutheran Church; and the Rev. Ken Vialpando, pastor at Ogden's St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The statement carries a similar tone to the Utah Compact, which has been signed by a range of civic, government, business and religious leaders and endorsed by the LDS Church. The compact pushes for a compassionate approach to immigration reform.