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Vigil To Focus On US Deportation Policies

Opponents of U.S. policies on deportation are holding a vigil Friday afternoon in Wichita for nine people who were detained in Arizona after demanding re-entry from Mexico on humanitarian grounds.

Among those taking part are relatives of 37-year-old Claudia Amaro, one of the detained. 

The former Wichita woman was brought illegally into the U.S. as a child after her father was murdered in Mexico.

She lived in Kansas for more than 17 years but returned to Mexico with her U.S.-born son after her husband's deportation.

The National Immigrant Youth Alliance orchestrated the activists' re-entry.

Members of Sunflower Community Action say the event is intended to support the group who was detained, now-called "Dream 9," and protest deportations.

It's being held at the Sunflower Community Action office, 1407 N. Topeka, starting at 1 p.m.