Vigils Planned Across Texas As Vice President Visits Detention Center

Alan Scaia
July 12, 2019 - 12:17 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Vice President Mike Pence will tour a border detention facility in McAllen Friday afternoon, and demonstrations are planned across the country to protest conditions at the camps.

Hundreds of vigils have been scheduled, including 29 in Texas.

"We hear the stories, their testimony, about the horrid conditions at detention centers and how that affects them and the children as well," says Angelica Andrade, the community outreach coordinator with the advocacy group, North Texas Dream Team.

Andrade will speak at a candlelight vigil outside Dallas City Hall. The demonstration starts with speakers at 7 p.m., and the vigil begins at 9. She says non-profits who work with asylum seekers and people detained at the border will urge participants to volunteer with them.​

"We want to show the unity of Dallas. We're all on the same message of not wanting families to be separated, children in cages," Andrade says. "They want to see something different. In addition to just coming together and lighting candles, there needs to be actual, tangible items people can do to get close to closing the camps."

Speakers will include a trauma psychologist who has worked at the detention centers.

"She'll be sharing how that does affect the human brain and the human body in general," Andrade says.

Other vigils are planned at the DREAM sculpture at Abram and Pecan Streets in Arlington, Creekwood Christian Church in Flower Mound and Cherry Park in Weatherford.

Online: Lights For Liberty Vigil - Dallas  | Lights For Liberty