Dozens gather for immigration rally in Portland
PORTLAND (WGME) -- Dozens of people gathered Monday night in the rain in Portland on this May Day on behalf of immigrants.
Maine residents joined immigrant advocacy groups in Congress Square Park Monday. Organizers say they were there to stand up for immigrants and hear stories of those who have been affected by the current administration's immigration policies.
The Maine People's Alliance organized Monday's rally, showing support and asking the administration for a fair, just and humane immigration reform.
Speakers told personal stories to the crowd; one woman spoke about her husband, who was taken by ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Others shared their experiences of being an immigrant themselves.
Jose Berdeja says he feels racism happens more than it should in Maine. A musician, he says he wants to use music to communicate and bring people together.
"I'm not a rapist, I'm not a drug dealer either, I’m an aspiring musician and I would like to be seen as a human being and not like a criminal," Berdeja said.
Speakers and organizers say they wish to reach out, and make their voices heard.
The rally in Portland Monday was just one of 42 demonstrations throughout the country working to send a message to the White House. The Trump administration says their immigration policies are meant to maintain the law.