Immigration advocates begin 9-day walk to Lansing to fight deportation of Albanian man

click to enlarge Supporters of the Rranxburgaj family rally in January outside Central United Methodist Church, where father Ded has been given sanctuary. - FACEBOOK, CENTRAL METHODIST CHURCH DETROIT
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Supporters of the Rranxburgaj family rally in January outside Central United Methodist Church, where father Ded has been given sanctuary.

Michigan immigrant rights advocates are embarking on a more than week-long journey from Detroit to Lansing in an effort to get a court to stay the deportation of Albanian immigrant Ded Rranxburgaj.

Rranxburgaj, an Albanian immigrant whose home is Southgate, has been living with his family in a Detroit church since he was targeted for deportation early this year. Rranxburgaj is the sole caretaker of his wife, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.
click to enlarge Ded Rranxburgaj and his wife, Flora. - FACEBOOK, JIM BULL
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Ded Rranxburgaj and his wife, Flora.

The 90-mile "Pilgrimage to keep families together" will begin this morning at that church, United Central Methodist. Marchers are expected to make it to Lansing on May 22 and finish their walk at the state Capitol. There will be various stops along the way, where people impacted by deportation are expected to share their stories.

The walk is being coordinated by Michigan United, the Latinx Student Association, the Rranxburgaj Family Sanctuary Campaign, the Nadeem Family Sanctuary Campaign, ABISA (African Bureau of Immigration & Social Affairs), and Action of Greater Lansing. The marchers will set off at 11 a.m. from the church on 23 E. Adams Avenue.

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