Churches push amnesty project. (Immigration).A coalition of Latino religious leaders from 17 states is fighting for amnesty amnesty (ăm`nəstē), in law, exemption from prosecution for criminal action. It signifies forgiveness and the forgetting of past actions. for thousands of undocumented workers in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . The National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Christian
flees the City of Destruction. [Br. Lit.: Pilgrim’s Progress]
See : Escape
travels to Celestial City with cumbrous burden on back. [Br. Lit. Leaders, which represents 2,500 churches, is lobbying for a new amnesty project and has several senators on board, including Senate Majority Leader Bob Frist. The moderator moderator - A person, or small group of people, who manages a moderated mailing list or Usenet newsgroup. Moderators are responsible for determining which email submissions are passed on to the list or newsgroup. of the coalition, Rev. Miguel Rivera, told the New Jersey-based newspaper El Especial es·pe·cial
1. Of special importance or significance; exceptional: an occasion of especial joy.
2. that Frist is committed to an amnesty initiative.
"We agreed that the best way to solicit amnesty is through the church," said Rivera. "The ministers see what the needs of our community are and how we suffer for our legal status, and they recognize that this is our responsibility." Rivera says that 15 percent or more of the parishioners in the 52,000 U.S. Latino evangelical congregations are new immigrants. Of these, about half are undocumented. The coalition was formed in 1999 to raise awareness among church leaders of their responsibilities to the Latino community.