Dothan Immigrants March

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There was no boycott by immigrants in Dothan, but there was a march for immigrant rights. Several hundred people marched down West Main Street, Monday, to support immigrants all across the country.

The group called the peaceful walk, “Una Jornada de Esperanza,” or “A Journey of Hope”. Hope for illegal immigrants trying to make a better life for themselves here in the United State of America.

Men, women, and children of all ages walked together for the same cause.

"To be in solidarity with all the immigrants across the country today," said Father Patrick Gallagher.

About 300 people marched from St. Columba Catholic Church, to the center of town. Some joined the march half way into it.

The group consisted mainly of Hispanics from Dothan, Enterprise, Abbeville, and Eufala. There were also non-Hispanics who marched, some who came all the way from Birmingham.

"We should never forget that all of our ancestors were once strangers here," said Michael Crespi.

Evan Roberts said, "No human being is illegal, and no worker is a criminal."

The people participating in the march did not do so to protest or demonstrate. Instead, they only want to raise awareness about the polite of immigrants all across the country who wants to work and live freely and legally here in the U.S.

Many of the illegal immigrants in the wiregrass and in other parts of the U.S. left their native country's to escape poverty.

"Many of them suffer from poverty, and only want to come over to better their situation," said Gisela Defaria

And now many of them who work hard want to emerge from the shadows of society, and publicly pursue the American Dream.

Sister Rosemary Martel said, "That we would like to be a greater part of society, by having those who are undocumented drive legally, fly and work legally, etc..."

The march ended on the steps of the Houston County Courthouse, where marchers stood and prayed to show unity, strength, and unflinching resolve.

Monday also happens to be the feast of St. Joseph the worker, in the Catholic Church.

A religious holiday instituted in 1955 to help labor relations around the world.

Participators in Monday’s march say their goal is to emphasize how important immigrants are to the economy.