Occupation ICT protests come to an end

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Driving through Delano you might have seen several protesters in front of the Homeland Security building on Douglas.

Several people with Sunflower Community Action are in the beginning of what they call occupation ICT.

“They’re human beings at the end of the day,” said Sarahi Aguilera, Immigration Justice Organizer at SCA. “They’re only coming here because they’re escaping hunger, danger, crim and they come herewith nothing but hope and prayers.”

The group said the conversation needs to open up about what’s happening at the border.

“We’ve had a lot of support, we’ve had a lot of non-support,” said Devante Garcia, protester. “But, we want to encourage all of our community members to stand up.”

Brad Newman is a protester who is not affiliated with any group, but wanted to spend his free time doing what he said is the right thing.

“Whether we believe the political issue or whatever is going on, we still need to care for another person,” said Newman. “‘There’s a crisis and there are people and children. There are moms, there are dads, there are friends, there are loved ones out there who need help.”

They’re protesting the detention centers at the southern border by standing in front of DHS until Sunday morning. They say the conditions at the border are inhumane and unacceptable.

The group said they will continue occupations at different locations around Wichita in the coming weeks.

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