Faith Leaders Wash the Feet of Undocumented Workers in Show of Support for Immigration Reform


Sabuhi Siddique washes the feet of a woman on Maundy Thursday. Photo by Interfaith Council on Economics and Justice.

The Interfaith Council on Economics and Justice (ICEJ) in Santa Clara County held a foot washing ceremony in support of immigration reform, on Thursday, March 28, in downtown San Jose.

Foot washing is a Christian tradition, based on the belief that Jesus Christ washed his followers’ feet on Thursday, before being crucified on Friday. The practice is to show love, humility, and respect to fellow human beings, without prejudice to where they came from.

Many immigrants in this country currently endure harsh working conditions for the sake of supporting their families. The council, a program of the group Working Partnerships USA, asked the community to join them for a day of respect for those who have faced hardships because of being undocumented in the U.S. The ICEJ’s leaders wanted to keep the tradition alive by foot washing the most vulnerable workers of Santa Clara County. [Read more…]