Vigil and March in Herndon Wednesday for Father, Daughter Forced to Return to El Salvador

A prayer vigil will take place at the Hilton hotel, followed by a religious march to Rep. Frank Wolf's Herndon offices.

The Hilton Washington-Dulles Airport hotel, 13869 Park Center Road, Herndon. (File Photo)
The Hilton Washington-Dulles Airport hotel, 13869 Park Center Road, Herndon. (File Photo)
More than 200 faith leaders and immigration supporters are expected to gatherWednesday night at the Hilton Washington-Dulles Airport hotel in Herndon to say a prayer, and then march to the offices of Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.).

Leading the march will be Brian Rossell of Sterling, who has barely one week left in America before U.S. immigration authorities are ordering him and his 10-year-old daughter Kelly to return to their native country of El Salvador.

The prayer vigil and march for Rossell and his daughter are being co-sponsored by Centreville Immigrant Forum and the Annandale-based Virginia New Majority (VNM).

The vigil will begin at the Hilton Washington-Dulles at 6:30 p.m. Then, everyone will march in a "religious procession" to Rep. Wolf's offices down the street.

"Herndon is home to a large immigrant community, and is a part of Rep. Wolf's district," said Deshundra Jefferson of VNM. "Our goal is to push Rep. Wolf to vote for legislation that will create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants."

More than 200 supporters are expected to take part in the vigil and march, from a wide variety of faiths, including faith leaders from Catholic, Methodist, Episcopal and Islamic groups.

Wolf represents Virginia's 10th district, which stretches from McLean to Winchester.

TELL US - What do you think of Rossell's plight? Weigh in, in the comments below.


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joe brewer July 25, 2013 at 08:00 AM
Can we pay them with pesos?
AileenPaul July 25, 2013 at 09:58 AM
I'm encouraged to see faith groups taking up the cause for illegal immigrants. These people have made huge sacrifices to get here under extreme circumstances. All they want is to be able to work and support their families which they can't do in their home countries. Many send money back to relatives in need. I support a pathway to legalization and possibly citizenship.
A Voter July 25, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Jennifer van der Kleut (Editor) - There is NO part of Herndon that is in Wolf's district. The town of Herndon is completely in Connolly's District. That said, there are places outside of the Town of Herndon that use a Herndon address... but that doesn't mean they're actually in Herndon. They don't pay Herndon taxes, they don't vote in Herndon elections, they are exclusively in Fairfax County, not the Town of Herndon. Here's a link showing Congressman Connolly's district on his home page: http://connolly.house.gov/11th-district/ PS - This information could have been found in a simple Google search.
Jennifer van der Kleut July 25, 2013 at 03:41 PM
A Voter - the article says "Herndon." Not "Town of Herndon." Therefore it is accurate to say Rep. Wolf represents parts of HERNDON.
A Voter July 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM
LOL, sure... it was in the parts of Herndon that aren't actually in Herndon. I trust you understand that this makes no sense, since the parts of Herndon that aren't in Herndon, aren't actually Herndon... right? Someone needs to purchase a map.


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