WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Opponents of U.S. policies on deportation are preparing to hold a vigil in Wichita for nine people detained in Arizona after demanding re-entry from Mexico on humanitarian grounds.
Among those planning to take part in Friday's event are relatives of 37-year-old Claudia Amaro, a member of the group dubbed the ``Dream 9'' following their detentions earlier this week.
The former Wichita woman was brought illegally into the U.S. as a child after her father was murdered in Mexico. She lived in Kansas for more than 17 years but returned to Mexico with her U.S.-born son after her husband's deportation.
The attempted re-entries by Amaro and the other activists were orchestrated by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance.
Members of Sunflower Community Action say Friday's event is intended to support the ``Dream 9'' and protest deportations.