KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- “When our communities are under attack what we do, stand up fight back!” protesters shouted as they marched down 46th Street in Kansas City.
They were the first protests of Friday night, but not the first time the group has rallied for immigration reform. It was their 11th and final rally of the year, each time held on the 11th day of the month, representing the 11 million people right now trying to become American citizens.
But this was the first time they marched since Donald Trump was elected president, a man whose campaign was built on closing borders, maybe even building a wall between the U.S. and the country where Gavy Carmona was born. She’s since given birth to five American citizens, but her 9-year-old daughter isn’t feeling very welcome since the election.
“She asked me, 'mom, are we going to experience the same fate the Jewish people had to go through?' It was very sad because our children are suffering as well they are in fear," Carmona said.
At least 50 people took part in that march including faith leaders and immigration lawyers like Micki Buschart, who dressed as Lady Liberty.
"My phones were running off the hook all day on Wednesday, voicemail after voicemail," she said.
A different group of protesters gathered on Veterans Day in front of Liberty Memorial.
“We will march for peace we will march for a better president,” a young man with a megaphone said.
As they marched to City Hall they chanted things like “we reject the President-Elect” "dump Trump" and "love trumps hate."
"The goal is to have a community of people who realize they aren’t alone in feeling sad, in feeling scared and feeling angry that this is the country that we live in,” Andrew Miller said.