Few Protest at Peaceful March

1 decade 1 year 3 weeks ago Wednesday, March 28 2007 Mar 28, 2007 Wednesday, March 28, 2007 10:35:09 PM CDT March 28, 2007 in News

They started at the Missouri State Fairgrounds, chanting support for the U.S., before they walked to the Pettis County Courthouse.


"I have family members that are immigrants," said demonstrator Rosy Contreras. "And I don't want to forget where I come from because this country is built on immigrants, and that's why I'm here."

A few counter-demonstrators taunted the marchers and reminded them there are issues they face even if they're here legally.

"I am a U.S. citizen. We have rights, and I believe that we should have the right to not have to carry our documents everywhere we go," said demonstrator Rosario Benitez. "We should not have to ask our friend, 'Are you illegal or are you legal?'"

Family and friends were also at the courthouse to support the marchers.

"I'm here today for my son-in-law and everybody here," said Janet Uplinger. "I think they deserve to be here like we do."

Sedalia police controlled the crowds during the demonstration.

"I think it went really well," said Chief John Degnoia. "They had a special-events permit. They stayed within the sidewalks. Everything was positive."

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