MANCHESTER — New Hampshire faith leaders will host an interfaith prayer vigil outside the offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Tuesday, June 6, from 8:30 to 9:30 AM to show support for immigrant families who are facing the threat of detention and deportation.
The peaceful vigil outside the Norris Cotton Federal Building, 275 Chestnut St. in Manchester, will call upon ICE to “Let them stay,” and to “Keep families together.”
More than 70 immigrants are scheduled for appointments with ICE on that day. “Each time they report, they fear ICE will take them into custody for deportation,” said Rev. Eric Jackson, pastor of Brookside Congregational Church and president of the Greater Manchester NAACP.
“In many cases, these are people who have lived and worked as our New Hampshire neighbors for more than a decade,” he continued. “We are praying for ICE to let them remain in New Hampshire with their families.”
Leaders of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish congregations are expected to participate.