The community is invited to the service, which meets from 8-8:30 p.m. in front of 7969 Cincinnati-Dayton Road.
The event is hosted by representatives of Roman Catholic parishes in Butler and Warren counties and the Catholic Social Action Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
The service comes as the House of Representatives prepares to consider an immigration reform bill passed last month by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 68 to 32.
The bill’s provisions offers a path to citizenship for America’s 11 million undocumented immigrants and include a visa for foreign-born startup founders and an increase in the number of visas available to skilled technology workers.
The plan also calls for doubling the number of border patrol agents and requires the completion of 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Although the bill drew bipartisan support in the Senate, it faces a tougher fight in the Republican-controlled House in the weeks to come.
At a news conference last month, Boehner reiterated that he intends for the House to pursue its own immigration reform approach, one that is grounded in “real border security.”
“The House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes,” Boehner told reporters at a press conference. “We’re going to do our own bill, through regular order, and it will be legislation that reflects the will of our majority and the will of the American people.”
Boehner is expected to meet with Republicans on Wednesday to discuss the matter.
Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have previously encouraged an immigration reform system that includes six principles:
- Establish a path to citizenship, where undocumented workers can ” complete and pass background checks, pay a fine, and establish eligibility for resident status to participate in the program.”
- Create a future worker program that provides workplace and wage conditions of foreign-born workers while safeguarding the rights of existing American workers
- Promote immigrants’ family unity by increasing the number of family visas and reduce family reunification wait times.
- Enforce U.S. borders with ” targeted, proportional, and humane” measures.
- Ensure due process rights
- Address the root causes of immigration, including poverty and persecution.
Information: 513-421-3131; www.catholiccincinnati.org