Groups in Kansas and Missouri have formed a coalition to combat what they call the bigotry of anti-immigrant groups.
The Missouri-Kansas Coalition Against Racism, Anti-Semitism and Bigotry was announced Tuesday by its organizers. It includes civil rights advocates, union members, immigration lawyers and religious leaders.
Organizers said 700 people in Kansas and Missouri have signed a coalition statement "rejecting the politics of fear, hatred and armed vigilantism..."
...Ed Hayes, of Overland Park, the Kansas director for the Minuteman organization, said his group is motivated by a desire to see immigration laws enforced.
The group is not against immigrants, Hayes said, but is against illegal immigration.
"We are against people breaking the law to come into our country, and we want politicians to enforce the law," he said.
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