Some East Tennessee Catholics are responding to some controversial comments on immigration policy through prayer.
Dozens of Catholics started 40 days of prayer vigils for immigration reform on August 15th.
Friday night they held a formal prayer vigil, asking for social justice and change to immigration policies.
The vigil comes after public protests yesterday by several advocacy groups to controversial comments from Sheriff J.J. Jones.
ICE turned down Jones' request to implement a controversial immigration enforcement policy.
Jones vented his frustration and said he would stack violators "like cordwood" in jail. That sparked protests on Market Square.
Friday night, Catholics responded.
"What we are doing is we are more intensely focusing on these 40 days. That's our response. We believe that prayer is the most powerful thing. I'm pretty sure there are a lot of people praying for the sheriff," said Lourdes Garza with the Knoxville Diocese Hispanic Ministry.
The 40 days of prayer ends September 23.