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Faith leaders tell candidates to stop vilifying immigrants

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – More than 70 Kansas religious leaders and community activists are asking the state’s political candidates to stop vilifying immigrants.

The Kansas City Star reports that interfaith leaders signed an open letter to candidates saying that immigrants in the country legally and illegally are vital parts of communities and contribute to the economy.

Organizers said the letter will be sent this week to scores of Democrats and Republicans seeking state and federal offices. The group did not single out particular candidates. Lead organizer Rev. Bobby L. Love, Sr., deflected questions about whether it’s aimed at Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach.

Kobach has made illegal immigration a key issue in his campaign after more than a decade of advocating action by states and local communities.

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