Casa Padre, an unaccompanied minor shelter, is seen in Brownsville, Texas, June 18. In Oregon, a walk Sept. 30-Oct. 6 will proceed from Sheridan Federal Detention Facility to the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles, both places where immigrants and refugees are being held before hearings and possible deportation. (CNS/Callaghan O'Hare, Reuters)
Casa Padre, an unaccompanied minor shelter, is seen in Brownsville, Texas, June 18. In Oregon, a walk Sept. 30-Oct. 6 will proceed from Sheridan Federal Detention Facility to the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles, both places where immigrants and refugees are being held before hearings and possible deportation. (CNS/Callaghan O'Hare, Reuters)

Members of faith groups and immigrants are teaming up for a seven-day march between two Oregon sites that are used for federal immigration enforcement.

The walk, Sept. 30-Oct. 6, will proceed from Sheridan Federal Detention Facility to the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles, both places where immigrants and refugees are being held before hearings and possible deportation. Walkers will demand an end to zero-tolerance immigration policy.

Large events will take place in Sheridan, Portland and The Dalles.

“We are a pilgrim people called to journey with our immigrant brothers and sisters,” says John Kingery, a member of St. Juan Diego Parish and a local activist. 

Participants can make the entire walk, or join for smaller pieces.

Organizers want to end the federal contracts at the two jails and are supporters of Oregon’s law that prevents local resources (like law enforcement) from being used to detain immigrants and refugees living in Oregon. Voters will have a chance in November to overturn that law.

In Josephine County and the City of Springfield, immigration enforcement contracts were ended after protests.

Organizer is the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice. To sign up for the walk, go here. For more information, write to info@imirj.org or call 503-550-3510.