Seeking immigration reform, 11 'pilgrims' walked 285 miles to Bakersfield, continue rally tonight

Congressman McCarthy would not meet with them

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Eleven people have completed a 285-mile journey from Sacramento to Bakersfield for immigration reform Sunday.

They are urging members of Congress to support an immigration bill that focuses on an affordable, timely and attainable pathway to citizenship, said Sheri Madsen on behalf of PICO California, the group sponsoring the march.

"The feet are blistered, the feet are sore, the feet are raw, but I would do this a hundred times over if I knew that I would get something," said Josth Stenner, a Bakersfield resident who walked the 285 miles. 

Along the route, the marchers met with faith and community leaders, as well as Congressional Representatives Jeff Denham, Jerry McNerney, Jim Costa, and Xavier Becerra.

The marchers said that the Congressman refused to meet them after their journey, but as a reminder, the 11 'pilgrims' left their shoes on an altar to remember those who have struggled because of what they say is a "broken immigration system." 

On Monday, September 2nd, they will gather at the Fox Theater for a community town hall. Program is said to honor the pilgrims and their call to action. Congressman Kevin McCarthy has been invited, but according to the activists, declined to attend and will be represented by an empty chair. 

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