Groups gather in Grand Island at peace rally for detained immigrants, refugees

Groups gather in Grand Island at peace rally for detained immigrants, refugees (NTV News)

People came together in Grand Island for a peaceful gathering to show their support for detained immigrants - it's all part of the United Nation's World Refugee Day.

Members from Good Neighbors of Hastings and central Nebraska peace workers gathered to raise awareness in front of the Hall County Department of Corrections.

A mother fleeing from domestic violence in 1976 came to the United States with her two children.

"She fled Mexico. Reynoso, Mexico, with a two-year old in her hand and six-month-old in her arms which was me," said Rosa Alvarado.

But Alvarado said it was a lot easier back then.

"It was easier to process your paperwork to get your residency and citizenship, luckily after several years i was able to get my citizenship. I got my citizenship at the age of 24," Alvarado said.

She said getting her citizenship was one of the happiest days of her life, which is why she is speaking out for those detainees and their families fleeing to the U.S.

"We want to get across that we need to stand together as a community and we need to stand together as people," Alvarado said. "What is going on in south Texas is wrong and caging children is wrong."

Although President Trump signed the executive order Wednesday afternoon, the people at the rally said, their focus is still on the children.

"I'm a mom and a U.S. citizen so what they're doing, they're doing in my name. That directly affects me. It's the same as if i'm at that border separating that family. I'm not going to allow that to happen. I would hate to have that happen to me," said Lynn Zeleski, organizer of the peace rally.

"I'm all for that something needs to be done," Alvarado said. "Absolutely I think we all know this. We also need to understand that it's a disaster and a chaos. There have been thousands of children who have been separated and how are they being tracked?"

If you're interested in participating, Nebraska Stands with Families will be holding two more rallies.

A rally will be held at 6 p.m. June 24 in front of Congressman Adrian Smith's Office at 1800 W 2nd St. in Grand Island.

A rally will be held at 10 a.m. June 30 at Sen. Deb Fischer's Office at the Nebraska State Capitol Building, with another at 11 a.m. on the Nebraska Capitol Building steps in Lincoln.

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