An Open Letter to Presidential Candidates From 100 Immigrant Women

Elections are about leadership. Leaders influence and shape the world around them. So far, the election conversation about immigration has caused us great alarm.

Many of you have engaged in rhetoric that is feeding a rising tide of hatred toward migrants in the United States and globally. This is precisely the type of rhetoric that seeds and promotes hate violence, and emboldens the most hateful among us.

Marchers seek path to immigration reform

YORK, Pa. - Alma Lopez stood outside the county prison here, where undocumented immigrants are jailed pending deportation, and broke into tears.

All around her, scores of activists unfurled banners emblazoned with inspirational messages, snapped keepsake photos with their smartphones, prayed and sang in Spanish and English to support the 100 women who set off Tuesday on a 100-mile march to Washington, D.C.

100 Women Begin 100 Mile Pilgrimage September 15

One hundred women will walk 100 miles starting Sept. 15 to greet the pope in Washington, D.C., and ensure their message of dignity and justice for immigrant women, families and communities is at the center of the pope's conversation.

The group will walk approximately 15 miles per day to arrive in the capitol on Sept. 22, coinciding with the pope’s arrival, according to a press release from We Belong Together, which is organizing this pilgrimage.