GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) —More than 300 people gathered to rally for change at our nation’s borders on Sunday. Interfaith Leaders of Greater Lafayette led the event at St. John's Episcopal Church in Lafayette.
The issues coming to light at the U.S.-Mexico border is concerning many across the nation including those right here in Greater Lafayette.
“A lot of people look at the pictures of the refugees coming over, the immigrants coming in, they read the stories about the kids and they see things argued horribly in federal court and they feel helpless,” said Rabbi Michael Harvey of Temple Israel.
A feeling of helplessness has fueled a take action approach for Rabbi Harvey who led the event.
“There is a lot that we can do up here in Indiana, there's a lot that we can do to reach our representatives to reach the people in need,” said Rabbi Harvey.
Contacting national, state and local leaders is one major way they plan to combat what they call a U.S. crisis.
“As our representatives, it's their job to speak out against these atrocities that are occurring at our border,” said Rabbi Harvey.
State Representative Chris Campbell said Indiana's distance from the border doesn't make it any less of a problem for the community.
“We think of it as something that's far away but it's not,” said Campbell. “We have immigrants in our own communities. We have children in our schools that are terrified when they see the news and they go home and they are terrified of their parents being taken away.”
Zachary Baiel, who’s running for West Lafayette Mayor this year, says seeing a change in our nation starts locally.
“A lot of that energy can really be amplified if you start local and you start to get awareness, you start to get action and you get that conversation happening,” said Baiel.
A feeling of helplessness has become a feeling of positivity for Ilana Stonebraker after attending the rally.
“Here in Indiana we can affect change at the local level and maybe that's something really positive,” said Stonebraker.