Md. Religious Leaders Pray for Immigrant Children

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BALTIMORE — Scores of Baltimore-area religious leaders held an interfaith prayer vigil for unaccompanied children who arrived in Maryland after fleeing violence in their home countries.

Dozens of religious leaders marched along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Wednesday to draw attention to the influx of immigrant children into the United States, and specifically into Maryland and Baltimore. In the first seven months of 2014, 2,205 unaccompanied immigrant children have been reunited with family members or placed in the homes of sponsors in Maryland.

Linda Hartke, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and one of the rally’s organizers, said the march and prayer vigil were designed to show support from the residents of Baltimore, and send a message that the city is welcoming of refugees and immigrants.

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