Vigil for immigration reform held in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Representatives from the Quaker community met at First Friends Meeting church in Greensboro to rally for immigration reform on Sunday.

Under one roof, about 50 people from different faiths lit candles and meditated in prayer for immigration reform.

Undocumented immigrants from the Hispanic and Nigerian communities in Greensboro shared their personal stories of feeling stuck in a country they call home — and the struggle to gain citizenship.

“If one of us is suffering, the whole community cannot move forward,” said Willy Costa.

The prayer vigil and discussion was one of three in the state hosted by the American Friends Service in High Point.

“All of these faiths and all of these communities strongly value the contributions that immigrants make,” said Lori Fernald Khamala, with the American Friends Service Committee.

Council member Marikay Abuzuaiter said IDs for undocumented immigrants granted by Greensboro police are in the works and would give comfort to those working toward citizenship status.

In June, the U.S. Senate passed an immigration reform plan to increase border patrol and increase employment restriction.

Reform supporters in Greensboro said a better plan is needed for those who are already living and working in the country.

Senator Richard Burr voted against the immigration reform because he said it did not do enough for border control.

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