KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Last night President Barack Obama renewed his call for immigration reform, and this afternoon, part of the reason for that call played out on the streets of Kansas City. This time the ongoing debate over immigration centers on a man who has lived peacefully, but illegally in Kansas City for about 16 years.
As they prepare to deliver a letter to an immigration officer, members of the clergy who make up Communities Creating Opportunity or "CCO" said a short prayer.
They're praying for the release of Josue Noe Sandoval Perez.
He faces deportation on Friday if the government doesn't allow him more time.
"All we're asking for is time for our client in order to make another appeal for legal residency," said Deacon Tom Powell from St. Anthony Catholic Church.
The deacon at Perez's church, St. Anthony's Catholic Church, says Perez has been an upstanding member of society for the 16 years he's lived in the U.S., even though he's not in the country legally, but his two children are.
"It'd be a great injustice and a great amount of suffering for them, if he was deported now," Powell said.
But Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach says the laws are in place for a reason.
"To say that the law should be enforced in one instance, but not in another instance, I think it's unfair," Kobach said.
"Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades," the President said in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday.
Kobach also takes issue with that contention, saying that immigration reform done the President's way won't improve the economy.
"If he were serious about helping unemployed Americans, this certainly wouldn't be the right time to talk about amnesty," Kobach said.
Josue was detained last week, according to CCO, he had no criminal record. There will be a rally held in front of immigration court at Washington Park in support of Josue on Friday at 12:15.