Hundreds gather at city hall in Wichita for ‘Families Belong Together’ rally

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Hundreds of Wichitans gathered at city hall to participate in a national rally Saturday.

People came out to the “Families Belong Together” rally in an effort to speak out against the separation of migrant families at the border. 

The event was put on by community members and various organizations. 

The crowd heard from speakers, including city council member Brandon Johnson, as well as people who are immigrants themselves. 

“One of my best friends, she’s an immigrant, and I didn’t want her to feel like i was just one of those people who’s just going to let things happen to her without doing anything,” said Lydia Leija. “And so, her along with some of my family members, you know I’m not going to turn my back on people who are looking for a better life.”

“This is important for me because our families have been separated for so many years,” added Claudia Amaro. “And what’s happening right now is just like a result of a lot of silence in our community.”

The demands of the group are to reunite families, end family detention and put an end to the zero tolerance policy.

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