About a dozen immigration activists from Southern California who arrived in Rome over the weekend hope to meet with Pope Francis to discuss immigration reform.
The group is scheduled to have an audience with the pope on Wednesday and hope he will bring up the issue when he meets with President Obama the next day.
"We're almost to the point, and I hate to put it this way, where we practically need a miracle if we're going to have immigration reform anytime soon. And what better place for that miracle to start taking form than in the Vatican itself, with the Holy Father — in this case Pope Francis — doing something about it," said Juan Jose Gutierrez is with the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition.
Gutierrez says he hopes the meeting will put pressure on other leaders in the US — like House Speaker John Boehner.
The Senate passed an immigration reform bill last summer that includes a path to citizenship. It hasn't been brought up for a vote in the House of Representatives.