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Latino community holds vigil for families affected by Arizona's immigration law

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Members of the Yakima Valley Committee are holding a vigil for Arizona families affected by the immigration law.

Eva Valdivia and volunteers are setting up for the vigil. Valdivia is originally from Mexico but lives in Yakima. She says she understands why people support the immigration law, but says the new law will impact many people not just illegal immigrants. 

"We don't want people to come and cause safety concerns but you can't add a bigger problem to a problem that can be dealt with in other ways," said Valdivia.

Valdivia and others from the Yakima Valley Committee will be at the La Casa Hogar Thursday night praying for Arizona families. They are also answering questions and concerns families from the area may have.

Valdivia is a mother herself and worries Arizona's immigration law could have a lasting effect on children, even in Central Washington.

"They're scared their parents will be sent away, how are they going to grow up, and in the future what are they doing to feel if they're left without parents, what are the scars that will be left behind," said Valdivia.

There are six other immigration vigils across the state of Washington this month and future plans for more.

Thursday night's vigil is open to the public and starts at 8 p.m. at La Casa Hogar. The address is 106 South 6th Street in Yakima.