DES MOINES, Iowa -- On Tuesday, community members and leaders gathered in an act of solidarity for immigrant families and push for a change to what they see as unreasonable immigration laws.
Iowa's interfaith leaders and community members gathered outside the Federal Building in a demonstration of support for foreign nationals seeking safety and protection in the U.S.
Organizers say many hardworking immigrants who came to America to escape violence are now being shipped back to those dangerous areas. Those deportations are also leaving broken families back here in Iowa. They say the only way to change this is for people to start speaking up about the kind of America they want to see.
"I want people in the community to feel that they have power. There is power in a grassroots movement. Coming together, you can have an impact in what you want to change," said Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Alfaro-Santiz says everyone should remember that despite faith, gender, sexuality, and race, we are all humans and most want the same thing--a safe place to live and raise a family.
The group says more than 41,000 undocumented immigrants were arrested during President Trump's first 100 days in office. As of March, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported 86 undocumented immigrants had been arrested in the Midwest.