WF residents hold prayer vigil hoping to reunite immigrant families

Keeping Families Together

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Dozens of Texomans attended a prayer vigil at Lucy Park to show their support for The Families Belong Together movement on Saturday. They said they wanted to be a part of the rallying cry that happened across the country to reunite families separated after coming to the U.S. illegally.

"I realized what was happening at the border and I felt a little helpless in terms of what I can do," Angelina Chapa, an organizer of the event, said.

She said the candlelight prayer vigil was a way to help speak for those who she said cannot speak for themselves.
"It might not seem like a lot but I think that at the very least we can come together in solidarity and demonstrate that there are people in the community that care about what's happening," Chapa said.

Cynthia Archibald, an organizer of the event, said she is hurt to see families coming to the U.S. seeking asylum being separated.

"My heart just [breaks] to think about my daughter, my grandchildren, separating from me," Archibald said. "I just can't imagine."

Gretchen Kesterson has volunteered for Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA, of Red River for more than four years which she said has made her alert to a child's needs.

"It's important to me that children be cared for, if at all possible, by their parents," Kesterson said. "I don't think this is healthy for children."

She said now is the time to act and help these children.

"Our voice has been heard in terms of we don't want children to be taken away from their parents," Kesterson said. "Now, it's our job to get them back with their parents as quickly as possible."

President Donald Trump signed an order, earlier this week, to end the practice of separating families.

As of Saturday, more than 2,000 children have yet to be reunited with their families.

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