Reporting Bernie Tafoya
BROADVIEW, Ill. (WBBM) – About 150 people marched Friday morning from the federal immigrant detention center in Broadview to a Catholic church in Melrose Park two miles away, their third annual Christmastime posada.
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Before starting the march to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, the group prayed and sang outside the federal immigrant detention center as they’ve done every Friday morning for the past four years.
The march–the posada–is a traditional Mexican reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s trip to Bethlehem seeking shelter. Elena Segura of the Archdiocese of Chicago says “we are walking in solidarity with people who are undocumented, who are in this country, seeking for shelter”.
Organizers urged people to call U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s office to get him to vote “yes” on Saturday on the DREAM act,a measure that would give a pathway to citizenship to young people brought to the United States as children and who have stayed in school.