LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Standing up for those across the country, demanding an end to detention camps.
People gathered together in downtown Lexington with the goal of speaking out for those who can’t.
One of the many event organizers Milton Noe Meza De Los Santos said, “It’s ridiculous for us to be even having this vigil. The fact that we’re even having this vigil should speak loudly to what kind of country we have become and I don’t think that’s what the United States of America is supposed to be.”
Lights for Liberty is a national effort to protest the inhumane conditions immigrants may have to face.
The community started the night connecting with groups who can help them get involved with immigration issues.
Event organizer Flor Mucino said, “It always hits home for me just because I know my parents they are immigrants and so they sacrificed a lot for me to be here, for me to graduate high school, to be in college and to me that’s what I always hope for. I’m always here in support of them.”
Phone lights and glow sticks filled the plaza and then there was a moment of silence for those detained.
It all falls on the day that Governor Matt Bevin announced he is working with legislators to pass a bill that would ban sanctuary cities in Kentucky.
“He thinks us Kentuckians don’t know any better and we do and I think it’s pretty sad. It just shows his character,” Stephanie Sims said.
The goal of the event was to shine a light on those being torn from their families.