Omaha Together One Community is holding a prayer service tonight at Turner Park at 30th and Douglas Street in Omaha to support refugees and groups that help them resettle in Nebraska. This comes in the wake of President Trump’s executive action on immigrants. Spokesperson Kathleen Grant stresses this is not a protest but an effort to unite rather than divide.
Grant says, “We don’t value this chaos. We are turning away families that have been appropriately vetted. They had visas. Some even assisted the U.S. military in Iraq and are fleeing persecution. This country was founded by people who fleeing persecution. We certainly don’t want to turn anyone away who has been properly vetted and we certainly don’t want to target specific religious traditions, which of course they said they aren’t but in fact targeting majority Muslim countries.”
Grant says this is a dark moment in U.S. history and they want to stand in prayer and opposition to it. She says there are a number of refugee resettlement agencies, churches, faith based organizations and refugees themselves taking part in tonight’s service. It is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.