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New Sanctuary Coalition held first annual National Jericho Walk against immigration detention and deportation

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New York, NY – The National Jericho Walk, organized by New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City on May 3, 2018, took place outside New York Immigration Court at 26 Federal Plaza in New York as part of an effort to show solidarity with immigrants rights leaders who have been targeted for speaking out against the injustices and inhumanity of our broken immigration system and who call for an immigration law and policy that respect the dignity of all immigrants. 

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Faith communities and immigrant rights advocates in cities across the country, including New York, Boulder, Milwaukee and Savannah, also took part in the first annual National Jericho Walk, a silent, peaceful, interfaith prayerful walk held in communities to show solidarity with immigrants facing deportation and detention. The walk draws inspiration from the Battle of Jericho, in which the community marched around the city of Jericho seven times, causing its walls to fall. 

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The National Jericho Walk, organized by New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, is part of an effort to show solidarity with immigrants rights leaders who have been targeted for speaking out against the injustices and inhumanity of our broken immigration system and who call for an immigration law and policy that respect the dignity of all immigrants. 

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The peaceful walk and prayer vigils held in support of a federal lawsuit brought by renowned immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir and several immigrant rights organizations that challenges the government’s effort to silence those voices calling out the injustices of the immigration system. The plaintiffs in Ragbir v. Homan seek, among other things, a court order restraining the government from selectively enforcing immigration laws against individuals based on protected political speech.

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The New Sanctuary Coalition has organized Jericho Walks nearly every Thursday since 2011, typically surrounding the federal immigration buildings in New York City. 26 Federal Plaza houses the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices and immigration courts. It is a site of extreme trauma for immigrant communities. Our brothers and sisters come into this building with a real fear that they can be picked up and taken away from their families at any time. During the march, we walk in prayerful silence and pause at the front of the building where we raise our hands in prayer.

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