Connecticut Lights For Liberty Vigils Spotlight Immigration Detention Policies

Jul 15, 2019

Nearly 100 residents, activists and elected officials gathered in Milford, Connecticut, on Friday to protest what they call the inhumane treatment of undocumented immigrants at the U.S. southern border.

Nabila Amrani is from Morocco and migrated to Milford a decade ago. Amrani says she wants the federal government to allow migrants to enter and settle here like she did. 

Nabila Amrani, who came to Milford from Morocco, attended the vigil with her two young children.
Credit Christian Carter / WSHU

“America is a country of freedom and allows immigrants. This is the great thing we have here. And why we come here? We want the freedom, we want to have a good life.”

Amrani and her two young children joined the protest hosted by Lights for Liberty, a national advocacy group. The group held 20 vigils in Connecticut and more than 800 across the country this weekend. 

Advocates encourage residents to donate toiletries and supplies to Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in New Haven.