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Immigration advocates march 90-miles to "keep families together"

A band of immigration activists will end a 90-mile walk from Detroit to the Capital City today with one message in mind: keep families together.

Michigan United and allied immigrant communities joined supporters of an Albanian American family in sanctuary in a Detroit church for the journey. 

The church where the event will began is also where Ded Rranxburgaj has sought sanctuary from deportation.

The goal of the 90-mile trek is to seek justice and a stay of deportation for Ded, the sole caretaker for his wife Flora, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair for mobility.

He is also the sole breadwinner for the family which includes two teenagers.

The group of immigrant families and other immigrant rights advocates plan to march into Lansing on Tuesday, May 22 with multiple stops and events along the way, including a few in Detroit.

The events will be led by different immigrants impacted by deportation, they will tell their stories, educate the public attendees about the immigration system, and provide

opportunities for advocacy to stop deportations, including the deportation of Rranxburgaj.

As those activists reach their trip at the Capitol, several people will greet them.

It's all part of the 7th annual People's Lobby Day.

Residents will share their concerns with lawmakers on several big topics in our state including universal healthcare, Medicare, the Flint water crisis, and immigration.

Activities start at 10 a.m. and a rally begins at 12:30 p.m.


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