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Last night in Kansas City, more than a hundred Dreamers, advocates, and community members turned out for a vigil and march in support of Dreamers, immigrants, and the need for #DreamActNow. As their event Facebook page said:
Congress has failed to protect our immigrant youth once again after voting for a spending bill that did not include a #DreamActNow. Every day that passes by, more and more undocumented youth lose protection from deportation.
We will not be used as a bargaining chip to lock another person into the camps, rip a family apart or undermine the very idea of family immigration.
Do not let Trump dehumanize the people we love. Please join us and our allies at First Friday as we demand that action is taken and Congress protects young Americans and their families from deportation.
The event was part of the national mass mobilization planned around March 5, 2018, when Dreamers and advocates across the nation will rally and demonstrate against members of Congress for not taking action to protect immigrant youth. The event was also part of First Fridays, a monthly celebration of art and food that brings visitors and residents together in downtown Kansas City.
Organizations involved with yesterday’s event included the Kansas/Missouri Dream Act Alliance, Green Party of Missouri, Indivisible – Kansas City, Real Justice Network, Resist Hate KC, Showing Up for Racial Justice, People Power KC, Advocates for Immigrants Rights and Reconciliation, ACLU of Missouri, and more.
View the livestream or photos from the event below: