OZARK, Mo. — People across the nation, such as those in Ozark, are holding vigils for immigrants and for our country.
About 100 people gathered here at the Christian County Justice Center.
Immigrants like Dr. Judith Gonzalez, who immigrated to America 23 years ago, shared their stories with the crowd. “I hope that they can start creating some awareness that there are some other things that we can do.”
Jordanna Vera of ALAS shared a poem this evening from an immigrant with a specific message: Americans go the distance to help animals, but when it comes to immigrants. “When I see people not doing the same things for humans who are just trying to create American dream just like everyone else that really bothers me and that’s the message of the poem like hey let’s put ourselves in their shoes let’s have empathy.”
Reverend Christy Love provided a call to action and prayer. In doing that she says she emphasized the importance of making actions speak louder than words. “I know a lot of us feel grieved over the situation that we’re not really sure what can we do and so knowing that we can call legislators knowing that we can get involved we can spread words, have conversations.”
Organizer Susan Schmalzbauer made the closing comments; which were about how America needs to change its ways. “We want secure borders but we want humane treatment and seeking human asylum is a basic human right and America is better than this.”
The vigil remained peaceful and had no deputy interference.