Groups hold candlelight vigil to support immigrant children

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POSTED: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 5:02pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 9:02am

The eyes of the nation are on the thousands of immigrant children who have crossed into the country. 

Most people have an opinion on whether they should return to their country, or remain here for their safety. Many of the minors have sought refuge at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen. Several immigrants-rights groups are organizing a candlelight vigil in support of the children. 

"This is important to us because these kids are coming here to seek help," the Minority Affairs Council's Luis Maldonado said. "They're fleeing something, some violence, we don't know what they've seen, we don't know what they've experienced, we just know they need to be reunited with their families."

From Thursday to Saturday, at 8 p.m., volunteers will line up on the sidewalk outside of the Sacred Heart Community Center. Their intent is to show support for the children inside.

"What these children are talking about is true," Texas A&M student Jose Luis Zeraye said. "It's not fake, it's not drama, it's not some type of movie, this is the reality of what these children are escaping from. I remember."

Zeraye said he made a similar journey as the unaccompanied minors have from his native Honduras. He talked of being shot at, assaulted and needing surgery. Now he's a Ph.D student and wants to be a teacher. 

"I cried everyday because I thought I would be deported," Zeraye said. "But thankfully, America gave me the opportunity that these children behind us should also be given."

 

President Barack Obama has said he wants to bring more immigration judges to the area to speed up deportation hearings.  

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