Group walks one last time to support immigration reform - KCTV5

Group walks one last time to support immigration reform

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The group says it is hoping to show that immigrant families want to come here and be a part of the community. (KCTV) The group says it is hoping to show that immigrant families want to come here and be a part of the community. (KCTV)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

On Friday, a group in Kansas City came together to support immigration reform and a path to citizenship in the United States.

Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation have been hosting the 1-mile walk in solidarity with 11 million immigrants on the 11th of every month since last year.

They have been pushing to provide a path to citizenship for those who, unlike refugees, did not get advance approval to enter the U.S. The walk is a way to bring attention to women and children from Central America who were seeking asylum and were being held in southern Texas in questionable conditions. 

The group considers the way the asylum seekers were treated to be inhumane, and they hope to show that immigrant families want to come here to be a part of the community.

However, Friday's walk had additional meaning due to the outcome of the election and the promises President-elect Donald Trump made while campaigning. That includes his pledge to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

At 5:30 p.m., AIRR and MORE2 held the 11th and final walk. They started the walk at Jewish Vocational Services at 4600 Paseo Boulevard. JVS helps refugees.

"Hoping our presence is seen here across Kansas City, so that people know that we will stand with them,"said Angela Ferguson with AIRR. "We will have their back if and when deportations ever start."

In their press release about the event, they quoted a Facebook post from a board member of MORE2 who is an immigrant and whose family will be at the walk:

"The school nurse called me asking if I could come and pick up my daughter. I guess she had been complaining about a stomach ache. I remember before she left for school her stomach started hurting after learning about the election results.

My 9-year-old daughter is absolutely terrified about the outcome. She asked me, 'Mom, will they do the same thing to us they did to the Jewish people in World War II?' and 'When can we move?' My heart is broken and my children are in fear." 

Though this is the last walk, the group said the will find their next medium and next core message in days to come.

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