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 Ivan CantorGOP faces tough battle to become 'party of health care' 737 crisis tests Boeing's clout in Washington House Republicans find silver lining in minority MORE (R-Va.), Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Sens. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezWe can accelerate a cure for Alzheimer's The Hill's 12:30 Report: Manafort sentenced to total of 7.5 years in prison Acting Defense chief calls Graham an 'ally' after tense exchange MORE (D-N.J.) and Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Dems introduce bill to tackle 'digital divide' Overnight Energy: Collins receives more donations from Texas oil, gas industry than from Maine residents | Interior chief left meetings off schedule | Omar controversy jeopardizes Ocasio-Cortez trip to coal mine 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.