Kalamazoo Central high school sophomores Delia Waltz and Mission Romo share a moment during a protest against immigration laws and the Secure Communities program at Bronson Park on Tuesday, May 1. Students who had been organizing the protest for about a month walked out of their classes in the morning to meet at the park.
The students spoke against the secure communities program, which according to one of the protest leaders, claims to only deport criminals. 72% of the people deported in Michigan were not criminals and, because of this statistic, criminals in Latino communities are not called in because of fear of deportation, said the protest leader. The students also called for an end to racism and discrimination.
It’s pretty powerful to see a protest of almost 200 kids and the average age is 16—it speaks a lot about the time we live in.
Kalamazoo Gazette photo