Locals Rally to Support Immigrants, Refugees

SCRANTON -- Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Scranton Saturday evening and marched through the city in solidarity as the country remains divided over President Donald Trump's recent executive order regarding immigrants and refugees.

Inside St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Scranton, dozens gathered with candles in hand to support immigrants and refugees. Trump issued the controversial executive order a little more than three weeks ago. It was later halted by a judge in Washington.

"We're very concerned about the recent actions that have happened. We're looking forward to finding ways to do more educating of people," said Rev. Rebecca Barnes, St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Now, these people in Lackawanna County wait anxiously on the heels of President Trump announcing there will be a new executive order on refugees and immigrants.

Ushu Mukelo came to the United States in 2015 as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For Mukelo, he's proud that people in our area have been so friendly. But for his friends, it has been a different story dealing with the change in political climate.

"It may not have a very good prediction for the future. I think it's going to be very bad if this is not stopped," Mukelo said.

The vigil then moved from inside the church to the streets of Scranton around Courthouse Square to spread the message.

The president did not reveal too many details about the upcoming executive, only saying it would likely come next week and is being tailored to the decision that came down form the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month.

53 comments

  • SickofFakeNews

    Here we go again with the Fake News Mainstream Media conflating ALL immigration and ILLEGAL immigration. Obviously, Trump (whose first and third wives are from foreign countries) is not anti-immigrant. He and the rest of the level-headed Americans welcome LEGAL immigrants. Disrespecting and disobeying our laws should not be encouraged or rewarded by ANYONE. What is wrong with these people? Immigration done the proper (i.e. LEGAL) way YES. Immigration done by bypassing the LAWS of the country is simply WRONG and should not be encouraged. Stop equating the two WNEP and others!!! Otherwise you are FAKE NEWS!!!

    BTW–who in their right mind would argue that immigrants from certain countries (i.e., terrorist prone) countries should be more carefully scrutinized? Do all these bleeding hearts forget 9-11? None of those terrorists were born in America. They all came from overseas thanks to our lax rules at the time. Tightening those rules is basic common sense. Do you whiners about Trump want another attack like September 11, 2001? That’s what he is trying to prevent. He should be applauded for that, not ridiculed. GO TRUMP!!!

  • WarningFakeNews

    Where is the CNN story about the 9,000 (at least) in attendance in Melbourne yesterday? Where is the CNN story about how the libs are having a cow over Melania citing The Lord’s Prayer, there?

  • Writer Girl

    What’s more, is these refugees could easily go to another country right on their continents. There is no reason for them to come here. They just want easy things the rest of us pay for and to satisfy these liberal progressives. A sick situation that needs to change, as we have too many people here already.

  • magicmikexxsm

    So wnep tv 16 are you going to do a report on every protest about illegal immigration???? It’s getting kind of old and wnep tv is fast becoming a lemmings for the left wing.

  • Robert

    My parable,
    A homeless person moves into my back yard, I call the police and am told there is nothing they will do about it.
    Then the police inform me, my back yard is filled with trash and in violation of local ordinances and if I don’t clean it up I’ll be ticketed.

    • Lloyd Schmucatelli

      Yep, that would be an accurate representation of the ideas and trends of the current climate of America.

  • magicmikexxsm

    Sorry Ushu, when you’re a refugee (seeking refuge), youre fleeing some sort of an atrocity. When that’s over, it’s time for you to go home.

    It doesn’t mean stay, it doesn’t mean keep getting free crap.

    That reverend looks Like she plays for the other team too. Says a lot of that church.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    Sorry Ushu, when you’re a refugee (seeking refuge), youre fleeing some sort of an atrocity. When that’s over, it’s time for you to go home.

    It doesn’t mean stay, it doesn’t mean keep getting free crap.

    That reverend looks Like she plays for the other team too. Says a lot of that church.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    I honestly didn’t realize that this area has such a high population of losers.

    This is such an old cause to take up. It’s all about freedom of press and the media now. Oh and Russia.

    Protesting for the sake of protesting.

    These goofballs must
    go through gallons of white-out changing these signs all the time.

  • fleecing of pa.

    Hey churchgoers, how many are you taking into your house? None? Why not? They aren’t coming into my house! Hey magicmike, all your posts went POOF! That’s not right. You didn’t say anything offensive. Probably S. Corbett whined to wnep.

  • Jd

    Ever watch the show “dirty jobs”? Now, those people really do some “jobs that nobody else will do”! I wonder how many US citizens are employed by those companies. I’d bet most or all of them.

  • poonus

    I support legal immigration, sneaking in under the fence, or over staying here on a visa I do not support!
    because it’s breaking the law!
    so either come here legally or don’t come here.

    sneaking around the border for free stuff needs to stop. The leftist baiting people in to coming in to the country illegally by offering free stuff needs to stop. non-citizens have no rights to tax payer funded anything in this country, because they aren’t paying for anything. protest all you want, if you want to give people your money that’s on you.

    what the USA needs to do is adopt Mexico’s immigration laws… they will beat you, jail you and extort money from your family outside the country to get your body back.

  • Angry Old Guy

    Recent reliable and verifiable numbers have been released of immigrants taken into countries around the world in the last few decades and guess what? the United States has taken in far more immigrants over the years than any other country on earth. Only left wing liberal morons would ignore the fact in their relentless blind pursuit of a open border, one world order open society which is funded by Soros, that the President is actually trying to protect them. If they can not or do not want to understand that simple fact, it only demonstrates to me that rather than their and our safety they are more interested in emotional do good, feel good, stupid agendas that put us all and themselves at risk and as far as I am concerned they can march across the Country in the cold till they run out of candles and chant till their voices dry up. I for one am darn glad the President is looking out for us and them and them despite the fact they are too stupid to realize it. Even the Vatican has a wall around it and every other country in the world screens immigrants and in fact that is exactly what the Obama administration proposed when he was in office despite the fact the left wing liberal media ignores all that.

  • fake news

    I hear the people in the Middle East LOVE Christians. Sure, open your arms to them but don’t be surprised when they stab you in the back.

  • JohnKimball

    These people seem very confused. I was down there last night watching them walk around the square, and one minute they’re holding candles, walking silently as if it was a prayer vigil, but the next minute they’re doing this hostile-sounding, 60’s-style call-and-return chant. Very bizarre.

  • Writer Girl

    We are educated, not fearful or hateful. Anyone who wants immigrants to come here, needs to support them until they can support themselves. Education, healthcare, housing, the whole nine yards.

    • Givemeabreak

      Who is we? Can you attest with absolute certainty that everyone you speak for is educated and courageous? That’s a pretty bold statement. It just seems like you are playing to the crowd to get likes and boost your self esteem. Do thumbs ups along with telling yourself your educated and courageous help you deal with your insecureity?
      I can’t wait for the hate to come my way for calling out another illogical and foolish statement.

      • Angry Old Guy

        Well, you won`t get any hate from me, just some sympathy for the facts you missed to consider in your own personal attack such as , the Boston bombers, who by the way, they knew about but thanks to the left did nothing till after people had their legs blown off, the Calif. massacre, the Florida night club shooting or the Fort Hood killings by a Muslim officer I could go on and I suppose we can ignore the two thousand plus people who died from the twin tower attack after all it was seven years ago, by the way I was there. Instead of personal attacks and your presumed reasons for the poster who commented, you might want to examine your own reasons for the positon you took to see if it makes any sense to anyone but you. I personally know a man who had a pizza shop and was beaten to death by an illegal immigrant who should never have been in the Country in the first place and then fled back to Guatemala. He was a good man and a family man who did not deserve and probably would not have happened if the immigration laws were enforced and while your at denigrating people for their comments you might want to spend a little time thinking about the loss and grieving of the Kate Steinly family whose daughter died in the arms of her father saying help me daddy after being shot by an illegal felon who was departed five time and released by a sanctuary city sheriff who refused to hold him for ICE.

      • Writer Girl

        Personally, I am educated and feel that most people here at least have a high school education. I noticed you spelled “insecurity” wrong, so how educated are you? I post here about issues I believe in. Do I like thumbs up? Sure, but that’s not why I post, so worry about your own self and “hate.”

    • poonus

      I like your posts, usually but I disagree. no one supported my Irish ancestors when when they arrived here with nothing. giving people free stuff to come here at the expense of tax payers is insulting to tax payers, and it doesn’t help the people coming here to ever find their true potential if people want to come here legally, by all means. but don’t ever think of asking me to pay for them, it’s their personal responsibility should they decide to come here, not mine to pay for them or they can fix their own countries messes.
      Many fighting age men are coming here, what we should be doing is sending them a copy of our Constitution, and guns as our troops leave their countries- let them figure out how to fix their country as we MIND OUR OWN BUSINESS and stop breaking their stuff.

  • christined62

    What do these “people” not understand about Legal and Illegal. Most if not all of Americans welcome Immigrants from all Nations as long as they come here legally and want to be part of our Country. What we will never welcome is ILLEGAL invaders coming to our Country breaking our laws, speaking foreign languages and try to get an open arm welcome, will never happen. We also don’t want people to come here that want nothing more than to hurt us. We find these things out through vetting. If the vetting can not be completed properly than they cannot come here.

  • JD

    I’m just curious as to how many of these protesters lock their cars, to TRY to keep them from being stolen. How many lock their doors and windows, or maybe install security systems, or have guns or guard dogs to TRY to keep from being robbed or maybe killed? Why do they take safety precautions in so many aspects of their lives, only to throw the safety and security of the entire country under the bus, by throwing their arms open to people with UNKNOWN BACKGROUNDS WITH UNKNOWN INTENT?? I’m sorry their country is in chaos, but so is ours.

  • truck driver

    Trump has created more jobs in 4 weeks then B. Hussain Osama did in 8 years.
    Hundreds of protesters getting paid by Soros.

    • JD

      I agree with you that Soros pays some of his protesters, but this group didn’t appear to riot or damage anything. I doubt they were paid anything. That’s not to say it won’t happen at some point.

      • Jd

        But it sure would be nice if those products were made in the USA! Made by American citizens. Chinese people come here and find that most souvenirs are, (wait for it) made in China! Ha ha!

      • Writer Girl

        True, but government policies can help or hinder business and Trump wants to bring back manufacturing here and companies as well. I don’t understand why you skew the facts. Do you think any other country/people would come to your aid? No one thinks of the U.S. people and their lot, when they go to bed at night.

  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    The “country remains divided” because of the last 8 years of Obama, and you’re trying to put the blame on President Trump. I know how that works.

    • JD

      President Trump is actually “doing” what Hillary and Barack SAID we should do. People keep forgetting that. Trump was elected for a lot of reasons, but one of them was that the American people were tired of broken promises. As for the BS media, I just turn off the TV and listen to some good music.

    • Givemeabreak

      And your just trying to put the blame on Obama because you don’t like him. It is no more Obama’s fault than Trump’s. The country has always been divided one way or the other throughout history because we get classified into different groups of people. Just another system of control and people that get sucked into the partasian politics are partly to blame because at some point you need to take individual responsibility.

      • CeeMe

        Obama was a ultra left progressive who wanted to “change the face of America,” because he hates our white European background. Get a clue.

      • Givemeabreak

        You are just filled with hate and anger. I feel bad for you that you can’t see the bigger picture and put the blame all on one person. It’s no better than the people that say Trump is responsible for the division. Sorry if it’s too deep for you to handle, I guess I expect too much out of people.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        I just love when you post your fence-sitting, milquetoast replies and get hammered with down votes. I HAVE taken personal responsibility…I VOTE! Elections have consequences as they say.

      • JohnKimball

        “because we get classified into different groups of people”.
        That’s true, and NOBODY works harder at that than today’s Democrat Party. That’s their entire platform.

      • Givemeabreak

        I find it interesting that so many people get triggered by someone that doesn’t go along with popular opinion. What makes popular opinion right? It really bothers you that I am nothing like you. I am sorry that you let yourself get so mad and indoctrinated into a party. I will not get sucked into the mob mentality or bullied into changing my opinion even if you use caps.

      • Silverfish Imperetrix

        “Go read a book”. “It’s too deep for you”. You think that you’re smarter and better than most everybody else with every one of your posts and it shows. That’s what I’m talking about.

  • Marvin

    Hey snowflakes, if you looked honestly and objectively at this situation, you would realize that most Americans support LEGAL immigration and welcome those who wish to assimilate into the US. However, what is not appropriate, is people coming into our country ILLEGALLY and sucking the US dry with welfare and healthcare payments. And also coming here to kill us. You are delusional and in denial that some of the so called refugees are not coming here to kill us. You have no idea what you are even protesting.

    • Writer Girl

      Yes, it’s a real thing for Europeans. Things will change here also, in the next decades when the foreign born will run America. Do these idiot protesters think they’re thinking about our Constitution, most of them don’t even have in their countries. These stupid protesters will change their tune when their future families are living under the thumb of these Illegals, who have no allegiance to America. Then it will be too late. Stupid, they are.

  • cup.of.coffee

    I don’t see any system that can fix this FOREVER PROBLEMS, this illegals might be able to be “legal” here if they can afford the Lawyer Fee to adjust their status and get the legal working authorization, but how far is $6.75/hr can do to them anyway? People seems so nice to stand up for them and do protest or pray or whatever BS, for what?? I don’t believe on good cause, solidarity is just as BS as your daily bread, people do this just because they afraid to loose their money/profits, do you think the business willing to pay a legal workers $ 9/hr if they can pay illegal for $6.75-$7.25/hr to do the same job without any problem?
    If the crime is the big concern that caused by illegals, well i seen a lot of young Nepali and those african refugees turned to be thugs wannabes here, from the way they act, talked, dressed, lived and the group they blended with, That’s what they see about being “AMERICAN”, then who taught them? the broken society, who broke the society? definitely NOT the ILLEGALS.. So get rid of this illegals won’t MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, Not Yet anyway, Not Now and Not in this guy’s hand.

  • Fred, Kevin and Rusty

    i wonder how many of the illegal aliens stayed at “journalist” Steve Corbett’s house last night ?

    • CeeMe

      Good idea. It’s certainly not in our Constitution and immigration laws. Even better would be to do a story on the other side and why they agree with Trump. I’m not holding my breath.

  • Semper

    Soooo, 6 companies control our media outlets while our local ABC affiliate promotes CNN stories and we are not supposed to be able to dictate between “propaganda” and the truth while it’s staring us right in the face? M’kay. Shadilay. Shadilay. Shadilay. Shadilay. Shadilay. Shadilay. I know at least 30 Dominicans that went through the seven year long naturalization process to become legal citizens. What are you idiots promoting? Legal first gens don’t even want these illegal people skating the system. It is a F****ng insult to those that worked for the rights to be citizens. Keep pushing those 1st genners. You will get a nasty vocal surprise.

  • WarningFakeNews

    Thousands upon thousands gathered for a Rally with President Trump in Melbourne Florida yesterday as well. If he would have come here, it would have been the same result.

    We support the temporary ban of migrants from countries which are nearly impossible to obtain accurate information from about those people, and we also support LEGAL immigration.

  • U.S. Citizen

    I’m sorry but I agree with President Trump. If you want refugees to come here then welcome them into your home, but not on my taxpayers dollars. They are given everything for free while our homeless vets get nothing. As for immigrants there is a difference between those who are United States citizens and those who come here “ILLEGALLY”. If you don’t want to become a citizen you are not welcome here. Those who had children but did not become citizens well BOOHOO. Either become a citizen or pack up your family and leave. So sick of you all freeloading off the government

    • CeeMe

      So right. Our officials need to enforce current immigration laws and amend the Constitution to stop tax-payer funding of immigration/migration. Canada does some of this in their country. Let these do-gooders put their money where their mouth is and leave tax-payers out of it. It’s disgusting how others take advantage of us.

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