Local Group Holds Vigil to Point Out I.C.E. Presence in Eugene

Oct 21, 2019

Vigil attendees walk around the Eugene Federal Building.
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About 40 people gathered Monday evening to hold a vigil to oppose an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Eugene. Participants held signs expressing concern for children who’ve been detained at the U.S. - Mexico border.  

Kathy Filip is with the Refugee Sanctuary Project of the Unitarian Universalist Church. She said community members should help asylum seekers feel comfortable in the community.

Vigil attendees carry signs in support of Lane County’s immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
Credit Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

“Also, that the people are not breaking the law—these asylum seekers," said Filip. "They are not breaking the law and we need to help them any way we can.” 

In March 2017, the Eugene City Council unanimously passed the Protection for Individuals Ordinance, which protects undocumented immigrants from federal immigration laws.