Rev. Hurmon Hamilton yesterday encouraged unity amongst minority groups across America.
07 April 2011
"American immigration is key to growth" says clergyman
President of the prominent interfaith group the Greater Boston Interfaith Organisation, Rev. Hurmon Hamilton, yesterday encouraged unity amongst minority groups across America as well as US visa holders, drawing cheers at a State Rally as part of the 15th annual Immigrants’ Day in Massachusetts.
Speaking to a receptive crowd that included Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Democrat of Jamaica Plain, and Representative James J. O’Day, Democrat of West Boylston, Hamilton urged minorities to assert influence on policy makers and called for a ‘pathway to citizenship’ for illegal immigrants (i.e. residents in the United States without a valid US Visa).
"Just as undocumented immigrants from Europe, in the person of John Winthrop and William Bradford, and undocumented immigrants from Africa . . . helped to build the old America in the then-New World, undocumented immigrants today are needed to build a new America in this new global world, and we need to say yes to that”, he said.
The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization are a prominent interfaith group founded by 45 clergy and community leaders who started meeting in 1996. Their states goal is to develop local leadership and organized power to fight for social justice. They strive to hold both public and private power holders accountable for their public responsibilities, as well as to initiate actions and programs of their own to solve community and economic problems.