A bipartisan group of lawmakers is participating in an immigration "pilgrimage" this weekend, visiting a series of historically important sites just as Congress is pursuing comprehensive immigration reform.


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The event concludes Saturday at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York. Earlier, lawmakers visited Ellis Island, as well as a naturalization ceremony in New York City.

“This trip will provide us with the opportunity to put politics aside and focus on the common link that we all share,” Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) said in a statement.

The "Becoming America Pilgrimage" was sponsored by the Faith & Politics Institute. Lawmakers in attendance include House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorTrump allies warn: No compromise on immigration Chamber of Commerce overhauls lobbying operation Laura Ingraham under consideration for White House press secretary MORE (R-Va.), Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Sens. Robert MenendezRobert MenendezThe right person for State Department is Rudy Giuliani Warren, Menendez question shakeup at Wells Fargo Democrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal MORE (D-N.J.) and Mazie HironoMazie HironoThis Week in Cybersecurity: Dems press for information on Russian hacks Overnight Cybersecurity: Last-ditch effort to stop expanded hacking powers fails Intel Dems push for info on Russia and election be declassified MORE (D-Hawaii).

Congress is in the midst of negotiating a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The Senate has reached bipartisan agreement on a proposal that includes tighter border security as well as a pathway to citizenship for people who are already in the country illegally.

But a comprehensive approach faces an uphill climb in the House, where conservatives have balked at the pathway to citizenship.